BSA Calls boxing licensees to register

2017-01-11 06:01
Mandela Bay BSA Service Provider Mthunzi Maptitiza.           Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

Mandela Bay BSA Service Provider Mthunzi Maptitiza. Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

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NELSON Mandela Bay Boxing South Africa (BSA) Service Provider Mthunzi Mapitiza has urged boxing licensees to register for the 2017 Boxing Calendar Year before March 31.

Talking to boxers, trainers, managers, promoters and ring officials – which include judges, referees, medical practitioners, time keepers, and ring announcers – Mapitiza bemoaned the fact that some boxers let the year 2016 go by without registering and were therefore unable to get fights.

“This is because BSA rules and regulations do not allow unregistered people to take part in a boxing match,” explained Mapitiza.

Noted among those boxers who failed to register were WBF International Miniflyweight champion Siphosethu “The Gift” Ncisane of Walmer Township and highly rated Heavyweight contender and former Eastern Cape champion Unathi Jacobs of KwaNobuhle in Uitenhage.

Mapitiza mentioned that there was sadly a scarcity of boxing promoters in Nelson Mandela Bay.

“This became evident last year that there was a scarcity of fights and boxers were starving,” noted Mapitiza.

He said some local promoters failed to register until it was about the end of the year. This, he said, was working against them as they were only able to use their fully paid licences for a very short period of time.

Another problem was the halt in the provincial government subsidy which sponsored development boxing promoters.

This gave up-and-coming promoters an opportunity to host a ten-bout bill, two of which were to be female bouts.

Nelson Mandela Bay still prides itself on highly rated boxers that include Ncisane, Jacobs and Sthembele August (Heavyweight), Eastern Cape champions Lesley Hope (Light heavyweight) Anelisa Gungqisa (Junior Welterweight), WBF International Champion Mziwoxolo Ndwayana (of Grahamstown who boxes in the metro), Lungisa Jikani (Jnr Welterweight), former KwaZulu-Natal Junior Lightweight champion Sanele “Tornado” Msimang who is based in Walmer Township, highly rated SA Mini-flyweight contender Thembelani Okolo and high flying bantamweight contender Simo Mbande of KwaNobuhle.

In women’s boxing, Walmer’s South African Lightweight champion Nozipho Bell and Motherwell rising star Nthabiseng Didi are female boxers to watch. Didi was voted as the Promising Female Boxer of the Year.

Local boxing official Terrence “Ace” Makaluza is prominent in international fights taking place in all boxing venues in the country.

“Boxing in Nelson Mandela Bay is alive. Licensees must just register,” Mapitiza concluded.

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