October-2018-mens-ratings

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Men’s Ratings October 2018

HEAVYWEIGHT > 91.16 kg

SA Champion Ruann Visser*

Won title: Feb 2018

National Contenders Province International Contenders Country
1 Marc Subramoney KZN Kilola Lubika Didier DRC
2 Justice Silinga GP Flo Simba DRC
3 Osborne Machimana GP Vladyslav Sirenko UKR
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JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT 79.38 to 91.16 kg

SA Champion Thabiso Mchunu KZN

Won title: June 2017

IBO Champion Kevin Lerena

Last def: March 2018

National Contenders Province International Contenders Country
1 Akani Phuzi GP Sting Gonorenda ZIM
2 Tommy Oosthuizen GP ABU Amador Kalonji ANG
3 Chris Thompson GP Limbani Lano MWI
4 Jayden Matthew KZN Didier Nyembe DRC
5 Leron Myles GP
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LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT 76.2 to 79.387 kg

SA Champion Nicholas Radley WC

Won title: Sep 18

National Contenders Province International Contenders Country
1 Frank Rodriguez GP Jackson Masamba DRC
2 Khayeni Hlungwane GP
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SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT 72.58 to 76.2 kg

SA Champion Rowan Campbell GP

Won title: Aug 2018

National Contenders Province International Contenders Country
1 Ryno Liebenberg GP ABU Patrick Mukala DRC
2 Renson Hobyane LP Patrick Mukala DRC
3 Andile Mntungwa KZN Christian Okeke NIG
4 Alfonso Tissen GP
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MIDDLEWEIGHT 69.85 to 72.58 kg

SA Champion: Barend van Rooyen*

Won title: Dec 2017
*V Rooyen is currently suspended after a doping violation. He has since appealed the finndings.

Interim champion: Wade Groth GP

Won title: Aug 18

National Contenders Province International Contenders Country
1 Ayanda Mthembu KZN Bouckson Bukasa DRC
2 Wynand Mulder GP Jimmy Mabundji DRC
3 Marcel Botha KZN Augustin Matata DRC
4 Yanga Phetani WC Dennis Mbat NIG
5 Walter Dlamini GP Daddy Mpinga DRC
6 Fernando Rodrigues GP Dido Mukhanya DRC
7 John Bopape GP Kongolo Tshimanga DRC
8 Ricky Tshabalala GP
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JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT 66.68 to 69.85 kg

SA Champion Nkululeko Mhlongo KZN

Last defence: Sept 2017

National Contenders Province International Contenders Province
1 France Ramabolu FS WBF International Emile Kalekuzi DRC
2 Brandon Thysse GP Emmeny Kolombo DRC
3 Cowin Ray GP Welcome Malumbu DRC
4 Mark Farah GP Francis Matika ZIM
5 Chris Mughiso DRC
6 Eric Kapia Mukadi DRC
7 Valentino Mutunda DRC
8 Christiano Ndombassy AGO
9 Jeff Otimbio DRC
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WELTERWEIGHT 63.5 to 66.68 kg

SA Champion Mziwoxolo Ndwayana EC

Won title: September 2018

IBO Champion Thulani Mbenge GP

Won Title: June 2018

National Contenders Province International Contenders Country
1 Tsiko Mulovhedzi LP Junior Assoya DRC
2 Onke Duku GP Hamisi Guluka TAN
3 Uyanda Nogogo EC IBF Youth Antonio Mayala ANG
4 Odwa Gaxa EC Faraday Mukandile DRC
5 Shaun Ness GP Fortune Muyumba DRC
6 Tebogo Malose GP
7 Khakhathi Raminchi LP
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JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT 61.24 to 63.5 kg

SA ChampionXolani Mcotheli EC WBF Inter

Last defence: Sept 2017

National Contenders Province International Contenders Country
1 Warren Joubert GP Clement Kamanga DRC
2 Marcus Lebogo GP Marios Matamba COG
3 Siseko Makeleni EC Denis Mwale MWI
4 Tshifhiwe Munyai LP
5 Gift Bholo GP
6 Vuyani Masondo EC
7 Jabulani Makhense GP
8 Siya Mabena LP
9 Siya Mabena GP
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LIGHTWEIGHT 58.97 to 61.24 kg

SA Champion Thompson Mokwana GP

Last defence: Oct 2017

WBF Champion Xolisani Ndongeni

Won title: Apr 2018

National Contenders Province International Contenders Country
1 Ayanda Nkosi GP WBA Pan Africa Sando Jackson MAL
2 Simphiwe Vetyeka WBO Africa Dennis Mwale MAL
3 Prince Dlomo GP
4 Siphosethu Mvula EC
5 Lunga Stimela WC ABU South
6 Michael Mokoena GP Junior Welter
7 Lukhanyo Kaptein WC
8 Sam Sithole MP
9 Paul Mangxilana GP
10 Ripfumelo Chikwambane LP
JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT 57.15 to 58.97 kg

SA Champion Phila Mpontshana EC

Last defence: July 2017

International Champion Azinga Fuzile EC

 

National Contenders Province International Contenders Country
1 Sibusiso Zingange GP ABU International Romeo Makwaka MWI
2 Koos Sibiya LP ABU South
3 Lucky Monyebane GP
4 Anthony Moloisane GP
5 Malcolm Klassen GP
6 Sifiso Hlongwane GP
7 Sinethemba Bam WC
8 Hloni Maboko GP
10 Jeff Magagane GP
FEATHERWEIGHT 55.34 to 57.15 kg

SA Champion Khanyile Bulane EC

Last defence: July 2018

National Contenders Province International Contenders Country
1 Lerato Dlamini GP WBC International
2 Rofhiwa Maemu GP WBA Pan Africa
3 Sydney Maluleka LP
4 Sithembile Luzipho EC
5 Mfusi Maxhayi EC
6 Aphiwe Masengwana EC
7 Thembani Mbangatha WC WBF All Africa
8 Tello Lithebe FS WBF Intercontinental
9 Samuel Esau WC
10 Tshifhiwe Munyai LP
JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT 53.52 to 55.34 kg

SA Champion Lodumo Lamati (IBF Intercon)

Won title: April 2017

National Contenders Province International Contenders Country
1 Innocent Mantengu KZN IBF Africa
2 Thatho Bonokoane GP WBF All Africa
3 Ayabonga Sonjica EC
4 Luthando Mbumbulwana EC
5 Mnikelo Ndema WC
6 Lihle Gingxana WC
7 Bongani Bhuti GP
8 Asiphe Ntshili EC
9 Doctor Ntsele FS
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BANTAMWEIGHT 52.16 to 53.52 kg

SA Champion Ronald Malindi GP ABU South

Won title: September 2018

WBO champion Zolani Tete EC

Last defence: April 2018

International Toto Helebe

 

National Contenders Province International Contenders Country
1 Siboniso Gonya KZN
2 Makazole Tete EC
3 Mbulelo Dyani EC
4 Rofhiwa Nemushungwe GP
5 Cleutus Mbhele GP
6 Joshua Studdard GP
7 Cebo Ngema GP
8 Michael Daries WC
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JUNIOR BANTAMWEIGHT 50.8 to 52.16 kg

SA Champion Athenkosi Dumezweni EC

Won title: Aug 2018

IBO Champion Gideon Buthelezi GP

Last defence: July 2018

International Yanga Sigqibo EC

 

National Contenders Province International Contenders Country
1 Sabelo Ngebinyane WC
2 Sikho Nqothole GP WBA Pan Africa
3 Nkosikho Spelmandla EC
4 Lindile Tshemese EC
5 Muziwenkosi Ndwandwe KZN
6 Mfundo Gwayana EC
7 Thulani Gumede KZN
8 Mnqobi Mkhize KZN
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FLYWEIGHT 48.99 to 50.8 kg

SA Champion Thembelani Nxoshe EC

Last defence: July 2018

International Champion Moruti Mthalane EC

Last defence: July 2018

National Contenders Province International Contenders Country
1 Jackson Chauke GP WBF International
2 Xolisile Voyi EC
3 Nhlanhla Ngamntweni EC WBA Pan-African
4 Thabang Ramagole GP
5 Sihle Jelwana FS
6 Luyanda Ntwanambi EC
7 Sibusiso Twani GP
8 Lebogang Pilane FS
9 Fikile Mlonyeni EC
10 Sinethemba Kotona EC
JUNIOR FLYWEIGHT 47.62 to 48.99 kg

SA Champion Bongani Silila EC

Last defence: Dec 2016

WBA, IBF Champion Hekkie Budler GP

Last defence: May 2018

National Contenders Province International Contenders Country
1 Mpho Seforo GP WBF All Africa
2 Luyanda Nkwankwa WC
3 Thabang Ramagole GP
4 Sivenathi Nontshinga EC
5 Percy Mkhize GP
6 Mbulelo Nxazonke EC
7 Tsietso Modisadife NW
8 Nwabisile Cholani WC
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MINI FLYWEIGHT 47.63 kg

SA Champion Xolisa Magusha EC

Won title: Dec 2017

IBO Champion Simphiwe Khonco EC

Last defence: June 2018

International Dee-Jay Kriel WBC International

 

National Contenders Province International Contenders Country
1 Ayanda Ndulane EC ABU
2 Sphamandla Baleni EC
3 Bangile Nyangani EC
4 Khanyiso Siko EC
5 Thembelani Okolo EC
6 Loyiso Ngantweni EC
7 Phumlani Maloni EC
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Content retrieved from: https://www.boxingsa.co.za/october-2018-mens-ratings/.

South African Ratings

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As the Rating Committee, we will at all times ensure room for growth and development in each division and abstain from keeping any division stagnated.

All boxers will be rated according to result based activity and inactivity, weight, performances and inadequate performances. With reference to inactivity – we will keep a boxer in mind as long as that boxer has been active within at least the year prior. Boxers with just 1 professional fight will not receive a ranking even if they have beaten a rated boxer – future justification of a ranking will depend on rating criteria.
Only registered licensed Boxers shall be rated within top 10 SA rankings.

MMA fighters shall not receive a ranking within top 10 SA rankings and neither mentioned anywhere else on rankings. When an amicable resolution regarding MMA fighters competing in Boxing as well is found we may consider such for a rating.

Winning an International title may or may not improve a Boxer’s ranking.

The Watchlist section – up to 4 Boxers may be mentioned – these Boxers is being monitored and depending on result base performance they may be included in future rankings. Being mentioned in the Watchlist section do not guarantee a future rating.

International section – All South African based boxers holding any international title will be mentioned here as well as boxers who is competing only at International level – these Boxers may or may not be included in top 10 SA rankings it depends on their current International career. All SA boxers based and competing in other countries also to be mentioned in this section.

Provincial champions are noted with an * next to the Province.

Foreign boxers competing in South Africa is entitled to a ranking however they will not challenge or compete for an SA National title until such time that they have received official SA Citizenship. If such a boxer becomes the nr 1 contender this boxer will not have a mandatory status such status will be granted to the first SA boxer rated thereafter.boxers qualified to fight for the vacant title.

Content retrieved from: https://www.boxingsa.co.za/ratings/.

Jubilation as world champion Tete returns home as a hero

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South Africa‘s Zolani Tete confirmed as the new WBO World Bantamweight Champion. Tete oozed class over 12 rounds on his way to an emphatic points win over Filipino Arthur Villanueva  action-packed ‘City of Champions’ card at Leicester Arena, broadcast live on allegedly. After 12 rounds, and dropping Villanueva in the eleventh, Tete was declared the unanimous points winner with scores of 120-107 and 119-108 (twice).

The fight, originally scheduled to be an elimination bout to determine the mandatory challenger for the WBO Bantamweight Title, was elevated to an Interim Title status after Marlon Tapales was stripped of the Championship for missing weight prior to his defence against Shohei Omori in Japan.

In an interesting twist, WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel, announced before the start of the bout that Tapales had been stripped of the title because he failed to make weight.

Japan’s Omori went on to earn an eleventh round TKO over former Champion Tapales at the EDION Arena on Sunday. As a result, the WBO this evening confirmed that Tete has been elevated to full WBO World Champion status.

“I think I am dreaming‚” said Tete. “Please do not wake me up because this is an incredible dream.

“I left the UK as an Interim Champion. To become a full World Champion without getting into the ring is nothing short of a miracle. This shows that Nick Durandt’s spirit is with me.

“It has always been my dream to fight for another World Title. Now I have the WBO belt I want to clean up the rest of the divisions. I want to be remembered as one of the greatest African boxers of all time.”

Profile: Ruann (The Giant King) Visser

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Nazli Hamilton 10 May 2017, 07:11
The little farming town of Meyerton looked set to produce the next big Lions and possibly Springbok lock but when then-20-year-old Ruann Visser’s first practice session saw him pick up a serious knee injury, his recovery work in the gym ended up changing his life.
Visser spent hours in the gym as part of his rehabilitation and boxing was added as part of the fitness programme. The youngster’s impressive size and weight – he’s 2.07m tall and weighs about 130kgs – caught the eye of some of the professionals in the ring and he was roped in as a sparring partner.
Visser realised that he had a future in the ring and word spread quickly around the world of South Africa’s “The Giant King”. It’s been six years since Visser entered the ring and a lot has happened since then. He’s won his last six fights – four technical knockouts, one knockout and one on points with his most recent win coming last Friday in a rematch against “Knife” Didier at Carnival City. His only defeat came in July of 2015, a points defeat to George Tshimanga. He has a record of 11 fights and one defeat.

But most impressively, Visser has spent two stints in the Wladimir Klitschko camp, most recently as the then-world champion’s main sparring partner ahead of the Anthony Joshua bout.

Visser may be big news on the local and international boxing scene but away from the ring he enjoys the simple things in life – farming, family and food (preferably cooked on the braai). Visser is the eldest of two boys to Nefdt and Juanita. Younger brother Reuben often does duty on the braai – which happens about twice a day on the Visser farm as Ruann eats about eight meals a day.

It’s a massive family effort but everything happens on the farm. The family have turned their barn into a full gym for Ruann while the rest of the farmland is for vegetables and livestock. The boxer is also expected to do his share of the work on the farm in between training sessions, meals, naps and jogs.

Everyone chips in and 26-year-old Visser acknowledges that his journey is no longer his own, alone.

“Every time I step into the ring, I know I am representing my family, everyone who works on the farm as well as my community,” said Visser. “My success is their success and I appreciate all the support they give me.”

When that world title finally comes, Visser’s name will echo far beyond the dirt roads of Meyerton or even isles of Ellis Park.

Christo Smith Boxing Photographer. Young Tigers Boxing Tournament

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I literally just finished editing all the photos from the Young Tigers Boxing Tournament that was held this last Sunday.

Here are a few photos to whet your appetite. I’ll be posting the full albums tomorrow.

https://www.facebook.com/christosmithphotography/

Just to let everyone know, and I speak for a few of the boxing photographers that cover boxing in South Africa. We do this because we love boxing and we do this for boxing. I personally don’t make a single cent from boxing. I have invested in expensive equipment which is better suited to sports photography, I spend my hard earned money on fuel to and from boxing tournaments and I spend hours and hours editing and sorting through thousands of photos so that I can bring you guys photos of the boxing.

I feel incredibly privileged to be in the position to do this for boxing and I feel that I am contributing to this beautiful sport as best as I know how. If we all stand together, we can all make boxing in South Africa greater and greater.

Please understand that because boxing photography is not a source of income, and I do rely on other jobs for my income, I have to prioritise those jobs so that I can continue what I do for boxing as well as try and make a living. This means that getting through all the photos takes time. The photos will always come, as soon as I’ve been able to work through them all.

I look forward to continuing to cover boxing and doing my best to bring all the fans, coaches and boxers the best photos that I can possibly offer.

Please go and like my Photography page for all the boxing photos that I will be posting.

https://www.facebook.com/christosmithphotography/

 

Boxing SA board angling for extended run as ringmasters.

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2017-04-23 06:14  Pule Mokhine 
BSA board chairperson Muditambi Ravele wants another term in office
Johannesburg – As the Boxing SA (BSA) board’s three-year term of office comes to an end next month, chairperson Muditambi Ravele believes they’ve done so well that they deserve to be given an extended tenure by the new minister of sport, Thembelani Nxesi.

Ravele’s seven-member board – which includes Dr Malefetsane Peter Ngatane, Advocate Mzamo Alfred Gumbi, Zandile Matilda Kabini, Khulile Radu, Mandisinde Zoyisile Gcilitsana and Luthando Jack – are expected to give way to a new committee.

But the chairperson is optimistic that, despite the challenges that she and her team have faced since taking over the reins in 2014, they have restored the dignity of professional boxing in the country through their efficient administration.

Criminal record

Since Ravele officially took charge in 2014 after serving on a temporary basis a year earlier, BSA has experienced several administrative challenges. These included the organisation going through several court cases, which involved former chief executive Moffat Qithi being suspended in 2013 and subsequently sacked in 2015 for, among other things, not declaring that he had a criminal record before he assumed his position at BSA. This was after advocate Sicelo Mthethwa recommended that Qithi be fired by the boxing body.

Other court cases that pinned the administration against the ropes was the deadlock with promoter Branco Milenkovic regarding the SABC’s failure to broadcast fights, and promoters Dicksy Ngqula, Siphatho Handi and Andile Sidinile’s failure to pay boxers.

Ngqula failed to pay R1.6 million owed to four boxers – Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni (R1 million) and Mabhuti “Macman” Sinyabi, Toto Helebe and Makazole Tete (R200 000 each) – for taking part in the Premier Boxing League in East London in 2015.

Handi did not settle the accounts of Eastern Cape fighters, their Filipino opponents and officials for fights he staged in East London in March 2015. He owed the pugilists R800 000. Handi was found guilty and had his promoter’s licence suspended for a year.

Sidinile was instructed by BSA’s lawyers to recover R552 000 he owed four fighters in purse money for a tournament that took place at the Orient Theatre last April. The pugilists are Simpiwe “V12” Vetyeka, Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni and Luzuko Siyo.

Current board

Ravele said that, although the current board faced challenges, they had made significant progress under her leadership.

“We may have experienced administrative problems before, but I can proudly say that, under my leadership, for the first time in the history of professional boxing in the country, BSA has managed to establish the National Boxing Indaba, where we and the department of sport meet all stakeholders in all provinces and deal with issues pertaining to boxing,” said Ravele.

She said that when the board took control, BSA was running without an effective layer of senior management.

“When the new board was appointed, we didn’t have a chief executive or a head of finance. Close to 50 staff positions were terminated. We are now a well-oiled machine that is running boxing very well. The current board should be retained in the next term,” said Ravele.

She said the progress made by BSA was remarkable because they still had a full board at the end of their term.

“We have a stable organisation with a full staff complement. We have also upgraded the position of financial manager to chief financial officer in compliance with recommendations from the Auditor-General.”

She said the appointment of Cindy Nkomo as operations director had added serious muscle to the organisation.

“This is the first time that we have a female in a top management position in our operation. I’m proud of that.”

Sports federation

Ravele does not hide her elation at the fact that the sport has made a return to live TV broadcasts on SABC’s Boxing is Back series.

She says BSA had an effect by taking “quality fights back to the people”, as fights were taking place in several provinces.

But one can argue that the move to bring live boxing back to living rooms was facilitated by the department of sport under former minister Fikile Mbalula. He also played a pivotal role by ushering in a new era in the sport with the announcement of the BSA appointments of Tsholofelo Lejaka as chief executive and Thabang Moses as chief financial officer.

The beleaguered governing body also received a crucial R11 million financial injection from the department to cover administration costs.

Lejaka has performed a sterling job in restoring the image of the professional boxing body.

Chief director in charge of marketing at the department of sport, Mickey Modisane, said Nxesi had not yet met sports federations, but was being briefed on all sport-related matters by Deputy Minister Gert Oosthuizen and director-general Alec Moemi.

Killed boxing

City Press spoke to a number of boxing stakeholders, who offered differing views on how Ravele and her colleagues had performed in attempting to revitalise the ailing sport.

Dream Team Promotions boss Lebo Mahoko said the board had done well during its term and deserved another chance.

“They managed to bring back the live televising of boxing. Before then, there was a blackout and, under Muditambi’s guidance, they managed to ensure that boxing is back on our screens,” said Mahoko.

Anton Gilmore of Gilmore Masters Promotions said the BSA’s administration had been “very poor.

“Boxers never got paid their purses on time as the BSA allowed some promoters to deposit money into the organisation’s account at a late stage, and sometimes even after tournaments.”

Trainer Norman Hlabane said: “BSA has killed boxing because it gives certain boxers fights, while others don’t see any action at all. This is destroying the sport.”

Last year’s Minister appeared to wash his hands of appointments?

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Minister appears to wash his hands of appointments

SPORTS Minister Fikile Mbalula has distanced himself from the appointment of the Boxing SA (BSA) chief executive officer and the sports body’s chief financial officer despite assurances in September that both high-profile vacancies would be filled by last month.

BSA has not had a permanent chief executive since Moffat Qithi was suspended in 2013 for not disclosing previous criminal convictions during his interview. The chief financial officer post has also remained vacant since Kgosimang Mosupa, who was suspended in October 2014, was dismissed for financial irregularities in July.

But after Mbalula told his 398 000 Twitter followers that the two positions would be filled by the end of last year, it seemed the beleaguered boxing body would finally move towards more stability.

But when approached for comment by the Sunday Times this week after missing a deadline of his own making, Mbalula referred all inquiries to BSA chairman Muditambi Ravele.

‘‘Please ask Ntambi. They are handling that issue,” he said.

Ravele admitted that they were behind schedule and had indeed missed the deadline as indicated in Mbalula’s September tweets.

‘‘We are behind our schedule to have those vacancies filled,” she said. ‘‘We will urgently follow up with the security department which was doing the security checks on the people we have shortlisted.”

It is not clear why Mbalula is now distancing himself from the appointments as according

DISTANCED: Fikile Mbalula to the Boxing Act of 2001 it is the responsibility of the ministers of sports and finance to appoint the BSA chief executive.

The chief executive’s salary is paid by the two departments as government funds BSA. The chief financial officer’s salary, on the other hand, is paid by BSA itself.

Qithi received full pay of R100 000 a month until he was sacked in July last year after a tribunal had found him guilty on 10 of 14 charges, five of them involving “gross dishonesty”.

SUSPENDED: Moffat Qithi

Loyiso Mtya was originally appointed as acting chief executive but he quit while suspended amid several allegations of corruption, fraud and mismanagement.

Masilo Maake, the cool-headed, soft-spoken administrator, was seconded to BSA from the labour relations department at Sports and Recreation South Africa after Mtya’s suspension.

Maake has steered the troubled BSA ship through the turbulent waters of the past few months and Ravele gave assurances that they would speed up the appointments of the two posts to end the uncertainty.

She said the embarrassment caused by Qithi’s appointment was one of the reasons they delayed filling the vacancies as they are going over all the candidates with a fine-tooth comb.

‘‘We must also appoint managers for the Free State, North West and Limpopo,” she said.

Archie Nyingwa, the BSA Gauteng provincial manager, has been running the above provinces in an acting capacity.

But boxers, managers, trainers and promoters in the above provinces have taken a dim view of the arrangement that saw Nyingwa running offices in their backyards and voiced their unhappiness to BSA.

They insisted they preferred to see their own people running their offices and not an “outsider”, as they referred to Nyingwa.

‘‘We allowed Nyingwa to run their affairs for the sake of continuity, but it will come to an end after the appointments,” said Ravele.

The BSA chairman added that they would meet boxers, managers, trainers, promoters and officials in different sessions and ask them to establish their own associations as per the resolutions of the national Boxing Indaba of 2013.

‘‘We are aware of problems faced by officials such as refresher courses, remunerations and uniforms,” said Ravele.

“Boxing SA’s awards must also return before the SA Sports Awards in November so that boxing managers are able to nominate who they want to be recognised in the national sports awards.”

Boxing South Africa’s Statement on the untimely death of boxing trainer Mr Nick ‘MTHAKATHI’ Durandt

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Ladies and gentlemen, I wanna dedicate this award to two people in my life, my boys at home, Damian and Storm, that gave me the time that I needed to produce all the champions and allowed me to steal most of their life from them. I also wanna thank my 27 international champions, my 97 South African champions and my 38 world champions…!’


These were the words of Nic Durandt as he accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award at the South African Boxing Awards in Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC, Durban on the 27 January 2017.

Only three months later, on the afternoon of Friday 21 April 2017 we received with shock, the sad news that the pulse of this charismatic, flamboyant boxing trainer has been halted by a motorbike accident.

According to the report, death intercepted his journey when his motorbike collided with a motorcar between Clarens and Bethlehem in the Free State. He was reportedly rushed to hospital in Bethlehem where regrettably, he was certified dead on arrival.

Nick’s departure will certainly leave a big void in our sport of boxing. What this 53 year old retired trainer has achieved in his illustrious career can only be described as legendary. No other South African trainer has produced nearly as many national, international and world champions as he did.

Most heartbreakingly, Nick’s departure happens at a time when he had just announced his return to become a trainer again and produce even more champions. The renewal application of his trainer’s license for 2017 was already received. We dip our banners in honour of this fallen field marshal of our pugilist forces. He shall be remembered as a skillful trainer and a passionate mentor, a true patriot and fearless flag bearer who conquered countless global battle fields in defense of national pride, a gallant sport activist who was never scared to talk truth!

Our heartfelt condolence goes to his family, friends, loved ones and the Crusaders Motorbike Club who were with him in his last journey. The entire nation is certainly in pain. In him, we lost a star whose glow was yet to shine even brighter!

Further details regarding his final sendoff shall be communicated in due course.

Issued by Boxing South Africa

Enquiries:
CEO, Mr Tsholofelo Lejaka, CEO@Boxingsa.co.za

Lamati inspired to up the stakes for late trainer

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By Mesuli Zifo – April 26, 2017

Having helped Zolani Tete to win a world title in England, Ludumo Lamati had the spirit of his late trainer Nick Durandt carrying him into winning his crucial title fight.

Lamati challenged old trial-horse Bongani Mahlangu for the SA junior-featherweight title.

Super Bantamweight Contest, 12 rounds

Lodumo Lamati
Won PTS
round 12 of 12

Ludumo Lamati
The Mdantsane boxer, who began his professional career under Durandt tutelage winning all his nine fights in impressive fashion, will become the third boxer previously trained by the late trainer to engage in a major fight.

Besides Tete, another ex-Durandt boxer Moruthi Mthalane defended the the IBO flyweight crown against Filipino Genesis Libranza at Wembley Arena in Johannesburg.

But it is Lamati who had the toughest fight of them all as he  stemmed the tide of Mahlangu’s good run against Eastern Cape boxers.

“Nick’s spirit will also carry me to a victory on Sunday,” he said at the premedical of the fight at Mdantsane gymnasium.

XPE boss Ayanda Matiti said Lamati had an opportunity to also introduce himself to national boxing circles with a win over Mahlangu.