Editors Comment

After a world class boxing show at the Le Casino De Monte-Carlo on March 30, the Golden Gloves team are back home, while matchmaker Ruben Rosadi kept the flag flying at home with a small show at the Orlando Community Hall in Soweto with rising star Paul Kamanga being featured.

Boxing fans are looking forward to one of the most anticipated match ups between South African fighters when Hekkie Budler defends his IBO straw weight belt against former IBF mini flyweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on June 15.

On June 29 IBO super middleweight champion Tommy Oosthuizen makes the seventh defence of his belt when he travels to Mashantucket, Connecticut where he defends against the undefeated Brandon Gonzales from Sacramento, California at the MGM Grand, Foxwoods Resort.

Despite minimum television coverage boxing in South Africa is still alive and possibly well with a South African title fight in Cape Town for the first time in many years when on May 31 Toto Helebe makes the first defence of his bantamweight title against Klaas Mboyane.

On June 2, in Soweto, former South African light heavyweight champion Daniel Bruwer meets Fikile Nyalaunga for the vacant South African junior heavyweight crown that was relinquished by Thabiso Mchunu.

The South African Amateurs Championships are scheduled to be held from July 3 to 7 in Pretoria.

It looks like Boxing SA erred in declaring the fight between Patrick Malinga and Thompson Mokwana for the vacant South Africa lightweight title held at Carnival City, Brakpan on February 23, 2013 a draw.

In terms of the rules in the South African Boxing Act: "In a championship bout for a vacant title, each judge shall nominate a winner and the winner of the bout shall be the boxer nominated as the winner by the majority vote of the judges". In other words: a bout for a vacant South African title cannot end in a draw.

To end on a sad note, we lost two of our former fighters, Blackie Zwarts and Johnny du Plooy and trainer Jabu Malinga, who all passed away in the last month.

Brian Mitchell