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Trainers' egos cost SA boxers

By unknown | Mar 17, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

A lot was said and suggestions were made in this column with the sole purpose of getting you guys (the boxing fraternity) talking, especially about the failure of our boxers against the best in the world.

But, seemingly it all fell on deaf ears. No response came forth and our boxers still continue to lose big fights. My question last year was: why are our big-name fighters found wanting on bigger away from home?

Nobody bothered to share their views. I witnessed Thomas Mashaba being defeated by an average boxer in Cristobal Cruz in America two weeks ago.

Cruz is no great shakes. I wonder if you (reader) watched the fight on SuperSport. Cruz was just a busy fighter - period.

It took me four rounds to assess the Mexican and knowing Mashaba, the warrior he has proved to be, I expected a late round knockout win. But it was not to be.

Instead we came back home with our tails between our legs. I hope trainer Eugene Khanyile won't confuse my view-point. This column is not intended to blame him.

But I have to say loudly that our trainers' big egos are costing boxers, promoters and the country big time.

It's about time they put their egos aside and shout for help when local fighters are involved in world title fights away from home.

Some of our boxers, who lost fights overseas they should have won, will not get a second chance but trainers will always be there with other boxers.

I mean trainers such as Norman Hlabane, Bokkie Martins and Mzimase Mnguni employed the services of world acclaimed trainers - Goody Patronelli, Kenny Adams, Terry Stott - when Dingaan Thobela, Jan Bergman and Vuyani Bungu faced the world. Not all these guys won their fights but they fought gallantly.

What is stopping other trainers from doing just what Hlabane, Martins and Mnguni did?

I take my leave.


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