Sponsorship gives local boxers a boost

2016-06-15 06:00
FROM the left are Joseph Magugwana, Tshepo Hans, Thami Mkhila, WBF/ABU junior light champion, Koos Sibiya, Tshele Kometsi of TK Boxing Promotions, Simphiwe Zeyo, Mojalefa Duiker and WBF intercontinental junior welterweight champion, Nkululeko Mhlongo.                                                                                         Photo: Boipelo Mere

FROM the left are Joseph Magugwana, Tshepo Hans, Thami Mkhila, WBF/ABU junior light champion, Koos Sibiya, Tshele Kometsi of TK Boxing Promotions, Simphiwe Zeyo, Mojalefa Duiker and WBF intercontinental junior welterweight champion, Nkululeko Mhlongo. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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LOCAL boxers and boxing organisations were given a boost when a Johannesburg-based boxing promoter, Tshele Kometsi of TK Boxing Promotions, sponsored them by providing boxing gear, including boxing boots.

Five boxers (three from open boxing and two professional boxers of the Freedom Boxing Club and Just Do It Boxing Club respectively) benefitted from the sponsorship that was aimed at promoting the development of boxing in the province.

According to TK Boxing Promotions, the sponsorship is also an effort by the company to give young developing boxers the opportunity to be taken seriously and to turn them into professional boxers.

“We are in the same manner honouring minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula’s, plea to give local boxers an equal chance,” he said. Kometsi also pledged to cover the medical bills and the licencing fees of the two boxers chosen by the coaches.

Young boxers are usually expected to carry the costs associated with getting their BSA licences, explained Kometsi, while emphasising that he also gave boxers from the North-West Province the same opportunity.

According to Northern Cape Amateur Boxing Organisation (NCABO) president, Archie Jack, Boxing South Africa (BSA) is the controlling body for professional boxing.

“All promoters, boxers, managers and trainers are registered by the BSA. Once you are a licence holder with the BSA, you cannot take part in open boxing anymore,” Jack said.

The promoter further announced that they were willing to provide similar help to other provinces that might approach them. This would include mentoring of young boxers by professional boxers in their stable.

“We are looking after boxers and at the same time creating a platform for future promoters.” The handover to the five boxers was made on Friday (10/06) at the Mayibuye Centre in the presence of David Lesetedi of the Northern Cape Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, NCABO president, Archie Jack, NCABO deputy president, Andries Pethe, BSA representative Kenneth Hlakudi, Freedom Boxing Club AIBA 1STAR coach, Raymond Mothobi, WBF intercontinental junior welterweight champion, Nkululeko Mhlongo, and WBF/ABU junior light champion, Koos Sibiya.

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