Repeal boxing act – Fana

2013-04-01 11:40

Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) super featherweight champion of the world Mzonke “The Rose of Khayelithsa” Fana has called for the boxing act to be repealed.

The 39-year-old believes the act, passed by Parliament in 2001 and meant to regulate the business, is contributing to the troubles plaguing the sport.

Speaking to City Press at Zibonele community radio station in Khayelitsha where he works as sports presenter and reggae music DJ, Fana said it was impossible for boxing in South Africa to reach new heights as long as the act existed.

“The boxing act has proven time and again that it is the catalyst for the extensive exploitation of boxers which I myself am a victim of,” said Fana.

“For instance, promoters have failed to honour binding contracts with boxers but they get away with it although right at the nose of the toothless BSA (Boxing South Africa), all thanks to the Act for selling out almost all powers to promoters.”

He added that the sport is now at a stage of life and death, more so “with the shambolic administration of boxing at the highest level”.

Fana said they staged one fruitless talk shop after the other.

“Very few things of those that have been promised to boost boxing actually materialised, many vanished into thin air. Having been in boxing for more than 15 years, I know for a fact that accountability is a foreign thing.”

Fana, whose impressive boxing career has taken a dive in recent times with two consecutive losses for the first time, said retirement was not on the cards just yet.

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