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We helped 'Happyboy', beams Milenkovic

By unknown | Jul 03, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

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Boxing promoter Branco Milenkovic concurred that the attendance at his triple championship tournament in East London was poor.

But the Serbian said he was not disappointed because he and his associate, Jacob Matlala, fulfilled their aim of helping the ailing Nkosana "Happyboy" Mgxaji financially.

More than 1 000 fans attended the tournament at the Orient Theatre, which accommodates about 1500 people.

The entrance fee was R70 and Milenkovic and Matlala gave Mgxaji 30 percent of the gate takings.

"I would not say that it was disappointing but we expected more people considering that the night was for their beloved son, not for Jake and myself," said Milenkovic.

"I suspect that the poor attendance was caused by the fact that it was the first time since we have been promoting fights there that we charged R70.

"But as I said last week, we didn't do this tournament to make money but to lend our hand to our legend. We did it from our pockets. We had no financial backing.

"Nonetheless, I am happy about the tournament and what we did for Mgxaji," he said, adding that they also fulfilled a wish from Julius Martin.

He said the youngster from the Reach for Dream Foundation wanted to meet Matlala and himself. Martin and his parents were treated to dinner and ringside seats at the boxing.

Milenkovic will be back at the venue in August where his charges Zukisani Kwayiba and Ali Funeka will defend their WBC International titles.


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