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BSA saves boxer's life

By unknown | Aug 19, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

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Boxing SA must be commended for its positive response to a life-threatening situation which could have claimed yet another fighter.

Boxing SA has revoked the professional licence of Mdantsane fighter Vuyisile Bebe, who had been sanctioned to fight SA bantamweight king Simphiwe "V12" Vetyeka last weekend.

"Yes, he cannot box again," confirmed director of operations Loyiso Mtya. "We acted upon a private doctor's recommendation after doing a brain scan. He said one punch would end his life."

This happened three weeks before Bebe was due to fight Vetyeka, who stopped Nkosinathi Tshinavhe in the eighth round last weekend.

Bebe, 31, is understood to have collapsed when doing road work. A source informed BSA through Phakamile Jacobs, the BSA service provider in Eastern Cape, that Bebe had been forbidden from any physical confrontation after the discovery of a clot on his brain.

It was unclear if the damage emanated from his split fight with Bongani Mahlangu last August. Bebe had an operation, but Boxing SA was in the dark about this, as was Bebe's new trainer Eliot Mjele.

Boxing SA sanctioned Bebe to fight Vetyeka. A source, however, tipped Jacobs about Bebe's condition.

Mtya said Bebe blatantly denied having had an operation when Jacobs questioned him.

"Jacobs shared this with me and I then recommended to the CEO [Bongani Khumalo] that Bebe be sent for a brain scan.

"We paid and Bebe went to a private doctor who made a recommendation that Bebe must stay away from any sport, as long as it requires physical contact.

"We had to act swiftly. We are extra careful since the death of Samora Msophi. Fighters will in future go through a stricter screening mechanism when renewing their licences."

Msophi died from head injuries suffered in his knockout defeat by Mfundo Gwayana in their SA junior flyweight clash in East London in June.

Meanwhile, newly crowned South African lightweight king Patrick Malinga will spend 60 days away from the ring and dethroned champion Amon Baloyi will sit out 120 days after their gruelling fight two weeks ago.

Malawian boxer David Mazinyane, who made his professional debut in South Africa two weeks ago, would not box here again, assured Peter Chadderton, a medical doctor, who saw Mthobisi Buthelezi floor Mazinyane in a scary fashion in round two.


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