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By unknown | Apr 02, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Celebrated former world champions Jacob Matlala, Lehlohonolo Ledwaba and Mpush Makambi agree that local boxers must continue fighting for "B" grade belts - namely the WBA, WBC, IBO and IBF International and Inter-Continental titles.

"They give international exposure to our fighters," said Matlala, the former four-time world champion who with Branco Milenkovic, promotes WBC International title fights.

Their boxer Mzonke Fana held the WBC International lightweight title until he fought for the real WBC belt against Marco Barrera on April 9 2005.

However, Dingaan Thobela had a different view.

"Why is it that some champions of those titles are complaining about purse monies if these titles are helpful?" asked the former WBO and WBA lightweight and WBC super middleweight champ.

Thobela would, however, not reveal the names of these boxers.

Ledwaba, the former WBU bantamweight and junior feather and IBF junior featherweight and WBU featherweight champ, demands proper representation in those sanctioning bodies because currently certain promoters represent their fighters only.

The well-travelled Makambi, a former IBO middleweight and WBA Pan African super middleweight champion, added that these titles also boost boxers' confidence.

Currently South Africa has six WBC International champions and one IBO Inter-Continental titleholder.


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