KWADUKUZA’s former boxers Blessing Masinga, Fred Smit, Nelson Puckree, Roy Jagadis and Dan “Iyavoo” Chetty had a planned discussion on the future of boxing in and around KwaDukuza on Sunday last week.
The discussion was held at the KwaDukuza Town Hall starting from 12 noon.
The main objective was to reunite local veteran boxers and revive the sport for youngsters so that they would have something to do and stay away from drugs and crime.
They had invited the likes of Tap-Tap Makhathini, Thulani “Sugar Boy” Malinga, Abel Brown, national referee and judge for boxing South Africa Yusuf Mather, manager of the Olympic South African team in Beijing Vernon Phakathi, and international referee and judge Stan Christdouu.
“Some of these people put KwaDukuza on the map back in the seventies and eighties, the likes of Tap Tap Makhathini. KwaDukuza was once the hub of boxing,” said former middle weight provincial champion Blessing Masinga.
Smit said the discussion was a brainstorming session where a way forward in terms of reviving the sport locally was discussed.
“The purpose of this discussion was to strengthening the bonds between the past and the present boxers and planning for the future boxers so that they can stay away from the streets,” he said.
The group said they are looking for support from the community to drive their initiative.
Those interested in joining the group and assisting the cause can contact Jagadis on 084 737 6636 for more information.