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Honouring SA's Indian boxers

By unknown | Feb 05, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Reggie Hilmer and Gavin Hope of Future Boxing Promotions have decided to honour the huge contribution local Indians have made to the rich history of South African boxing, with an eight-bout tournament.

One such boxer is the Durban-born Seaman Chetty, who was the first local Indian ever to earn a world rating.

Those who saw him in action say he was so good that he ran out of black opposition in the early 1930s. They say his ambitions were curtailed by the outbreak of World War II.

Chetty, who was in the army, later became one of Durban's most influential boxing promoters until his death on November 21 1989.

Future Boxing Promotions will host the tournament at the Finetown multipurpose community centre in Lenasia on February 29, in partnership with SABC Sport and the City of Johannesburg.

"We need the Indian community's participation. We felt taking this tournament right to their doorsteps would be proper," they said yesterday.

"We expect parents to accompany their kids to the tournament where their safety will be our first priority. School-going children will gain free entrance while adults will pay R20."

The tournament will be topped by the vacant South African cruiserweight title fight between Patrick Madzinga and Thabiso Mchunu. This clash will be broadcast live on Blow by Blow at 10pm.

But fireworks are also expected between Marcel Japhta and Edward Mpofu, who will collide for the Gauteng featherweight belt.


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