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Editors Comment

Do you think boxing should be privatized? Minister Stofile made it clear during his speech at the annual boxing awards that he was not happy with the current state of boxing. The then CEO of Boxing South Africa Mr Bongani Khumalo resigned from is post claiming irreparable differences with the commission members. Having said the boxing still continues to command good support.

The Minister has subsequently setup a two-man fact finding commission to investigate the sport. As some might think, this is detrimental to the sport, others welcome change. However, what change is needed other than financial backing?

Boxing South Africa is a non-profitable organization. The purpose is to administrate the sport according to the Boxing Act and at the same time to be a self-sufficient organization. This should not be difficult providing that the capital injection BSA receives from Government is adequate and that the funds are not misused, end of story. Dr Peter Ngatane is the most experienced administrator for the job anyway.

The recent Golden Gloves “Triple Thunder” show at Emperors Palace confirms that the sport is firmly in the hands of the boxers and the promoters. The biggest gate in over 10 years was achieved on 11 July 2009. The tournament captured the interest of the fans filling the Centre Court at Emperors Palace to capacity. Two weeks later “ Fists of Fury” (Box and Dine) promoted by African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves again filled the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace to capacity. Prices were not cheap. “Triple Thunder” prices ranged from
R150/R250. “Fist of Fury” prices ranged from R300/R400. The demand is there. Promote a respectable show and the fans will come.

The accolades keep coming in for Brian Mitchell. The award winning Legend is once again in line for a prestige world acclaimed award. This year alone the two most recognized awards in the world - International Boxing Hall of Fame (June) and the
World Boxing Hall of Fame (August) have awarded this great warrior boxing biggest price. Well done Brian Mitchell.

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Jeff Ellis