Boxing gossip is out, Sizwe lives

2017-02-23 06:00
seconds outSizwe ka Banzi

seconds outSizwe ka Banzi

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You probably dont’ know me from a bar of soap, but let me hasten to explain myself before you get a frothy foam in your mouth.

I am Sizwe Ka Banzi, a no-holds-barred boxing scribe who has been in limbo for ages. I bumped into the City Vision editor Voox Sonandzi ages ago and when we met at a boxing tournament on Friday, was not surprised when he asked me to pen a monthly column on boxing matters in the province.

He said I was not to be a paid a cent for this, as he viewed my contribution as community plough-back.

This, as he was feeding me gallons of ny favourite brew, Castle Lite, as we were watching a development bout staged by Komando Kalekuzi.

The set up was immaculate but match making was really cumbersome. There were some exciting bouts but in the main you could sense that it was a “cannon fodder type” of stuff.

I could see through the intentions of Komando Kalekuzi: he is building up his son Emile Kalekuzi. Yeah that’s fine even the Floyd Mayweathers of the world faced “picked opponents” in their fresher years but for Komando to call top fighters like Johaness Sallie and Chris Mugisho is really taking us for granted.

Build Emile up but please bring worthy opponents into ring, otherwise you will regret in the end.

Also as I mingled freely amongst the crowd, my attention was drawn to the fact that Mzonke “The Rose of Khayelitsha” Fana is winging his way out to fight in Germany next Saturday.

My mind raced back to 2001 when Fana faced the late Wiseman Jim in an epic SA junior lightweight fight. It was boxing hyperbolised, maschismo magnified and both boxers were in a mint condition. Fana went on to record a superb win over Jim.

His next foe will be Howik Barsegjan an upstart with six fights but I tell you whoever invited Fana to Germany is after his record. A poor overseas traveller, Fana has notched a series of defeats starting with the merciless Spanish Antoni Barrera and lately Emmanuel Tagoe of Accra in Ghana.

Barsegjan has knocked out all his opponents and I shudder to think what will happen to our beloved Rose of Khayelitsha. In any event, I wish him good luck.

I take my hat off to a man who knows when to quit, and that man is none other than Aubrey Hennry Erasmus.

Rassie as ringsiders call him has served boxing as an official since 1976! Most of the boxers active in the ring today were not born by then. Well, Rassie has served Boxing South Africa with a retirement notice this week.

In his letter he states: “As you know I have been a member of Boxing South Africa as an official from 1976 to date.

I am 77 years old and think it is time that I terminate my membership as a Boxing official.

“I have many pleasant memories whilst being a member of Boxing South Africa previously known as South African Boxing Board of Control.

Along with this I have had the pleasure of meeting and being amongst great names and personalities through one of the greatest sports in the world.

My heart will always be with boxing and after I have retired I will still be available should Boxing South Africa require anything that I can assist with.”

True to form, Rassie will finish off his duties with aplomb when he officiates at the Porsche sponsored World Boxing Federation (WBF) tournament taking place at the OR Tambo Sports Complex on March 31.

Rassie has wished boxing growth and strength. He has wished Western Cape BSA service provider Mickey Klaas, BSA chief executive officer Tsholofelo Lejaka and the board everything of the best in the future.

Most important in the minds of the boxing fraternity is the forthcoming promoters’ workshop to be hosted by Boxing South Africa in Jozi next week.

We hope and pray that this workshop will bring revival in the game we all love. Having seen how CEO Lejaka does things, one can attest that he is a top notch administrator who can catapult the game into higher levels.

There is a lot that needs improvement. BSA has set the ball rolling by employing Cindy Nkomo as the director of operations and we hope she will get the hang of things sooner and deliver the change we so much desire.

Having said that, I think the change in boxing needs to come from within, starting with managers, trainers and promoters. If they can put boxers first and believe that this sport can thrive.

Meanwhile my heart jumped with joy when I bumped into my friends in the amatuer ranks of boxing-I beg your pardon, things have changed and it’ s no longer amatuer boxing-open boxing.

Advocate Luyanda Kwababana told me things have changed and berated me for staying away from ringside action.

The often immaculately dressed Kwababa, often teased as the “bae of boxing”, told me they would be launching a boxing league on Friday. The project is a joint effort between Western Cape Open Boxing Organisation (WCOBO) in association with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports (DCAS) and will be known as the Western Cape Boxing League (WCBL). Watch the second installment of Seconds Out. for details.

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