Editors Comment

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 outclassed.

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 and July.

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 event.

Until I am convinced that the IBF is serious about sanctioning the best fights, I cannot get excited about Isaac Hlatshwayo winning their welterweight title.

What does it mean to local fans any way?

Jeff Ellis