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By unknown | Aug 23, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Anthony "Blue Jaguar" Tshehla has dismissed claims by World Sports Promotions matchmaker Leonard Neill that he pulled out of a WBF title fight with Zolani Marali last week because of flu.

Tshehla, the former SA, All Africa and WBC International featherweight, and WBA Pan African junior lightweight champion said he would not risk his life for R8000 over 12 rounds.

"I did not want to lose to Marali because of moral issues. Such meagre purse monies are the reason why we still sleep in the kitchens of our families homes," said the well-spoken Tshehla, a Bachelor of Science student with Unisa.

Boxing SA's publicist Loyiso Mtya confirmed Tshehla's pay dispute while Neill still stuck to his claim. Tshehla said he did not intend fighting with promoters but just wanted to highlight boxers' financial woes.

"Promoters must improve our economical situation. I read a shocking story last week that Malcolm Klassen, a former IBF champion, borrowed R20000 from promoter Rodney Berman. That is because of meagre purse monies," he said.

"People see us as role models but we have absolute nothing to back that status. It's about time we form a movement. It took a few men in 1912 to say enough was enough. I used to walk, talk, eat, sleep and dream boxing but moral issues have killed all that love."

Tshehla, 31, from Witbank, boasts 25 wins (12 KOs) from 36 fights. Marali's original opponent, Gabriel Phakula, pulled out because he had already accepted a bout in Ghana for August 4.


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