Every now and then I fail to understand how certain
world bodies and Boxing SA are able to justify
the sanctioning of mismatches.
Let’s go back to July 31, 2009 at the Nasrec Indoor
Arena where Jasper Seroka met Mzonke Fana in an
IBF junior lightweight title final eliminator that had
the backing of the IBF. Seroka was badly beaten and
One must ask how Seroka was sanctioned to fight
in a final eliminator when in January this year he
was not ranked in the IBF top fifteen.
In February he came in at No. 14 and in March and
April improved to No. 12 and then in May dropped
to No. 14 only to jump four places to No. 10 in June
When perusing Seroka’s record from 2007 it is interesting to note that he has only had four fights; wins over Anthony Tshehla, Gabriel Phakula, Godfrey Nzimande and Wandile Mseluku, by no means world beaters.
The only world class fighter on Seroka’s record is Malcolm Klassen, who beat him on points over six rounds and that was way back in June 2003.
So how do you justify a top ten rating and a fight
for a final eliminator?
Speaking of Klassen I must also mention that the
defence of his IBF title was a shocker as he had no
answer to Robert Guerrero’s southpaw style and to
add insult to injury his “world” title fight was not
even top of the bill.
The promoters possibly knew that they could not
sell the fight as a top liner and instead had Juan Diaz
against Paulie Malignaggi in a bout for the vacant
WBO NABO light welterweight title as the main
Until I am convinced that the IBF is serious about
sanctioning the best fights, I cannot get excited
about Isaac Hlatshwayo winning their welterweight
What does it mean to local fans any way?