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Redeeming Africa's image

By unknown | Jul 31, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

The return of African Boxing Union (ABU) title fights is part of a concerted effort to redeem the tainted image and credibility of African fighters in the world.

ABU president Houcine Houichi said their aim is to introduce the World Boxing Council (WBC) to the quality fighters on the continent.

The WBC, which is based in Mexico, is the mother body of the ABU and the WBC International. The ABU is the first step towards fighting for the WBC championship.

Only Dingaan Thobela and Sugarboy Malinga fought for WBC belts without being ABU holders. It could be because of their status or by virtue of having been champions here.

Tunisian Houichi told Sowetan last Saturday their duty was to push for African fighters in the WBC. He is vice president of the world's most recognised boxing sanctioning body. Mexican Jose Chagnon Sulaiman is the president.

"It's every boxer's dream to win the green and gold lucrative WBC belt but there has to be the first step towards that direction.

"Win the ABU belt, earn a rating in the WBC, make few defences and qualify for the WBC International title. That one will put you in line for the WBC belt," said Houichi.

"We want to produce the Azumah Nelsons, Malingas, Thobelas and Samuel Peters of tomorrow."

Nelson held the WBC super featherweight strap for six years while both Malinga and Thobela briefly ruled the WBC middleweight division. Peter is WBC heavyweight champ.


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