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Nickname a curse for SA's Don Queen?

By unknown | Oct 14, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

It seems erstwhile boxing scribe Junior Motsei put a curse on female boxing promoter Mbali Zantsi by giving her the nickname "Don Queen", after legendary US promoter Don King.

Motsei, a former Sowetan employee, won many awards as a top boxing writer.

Don King, the flamboyant American with the spiky hair, commands huge respect for promoting a school of former great fighters such as the legendary Muhammad Ali.

Some of them sued King on allegations of embezzling some of the proceeds of their fights. He lost many of those lawsuits but remains a bankable promoter.

Now SA's Don Queen is facing similar accusations from fighters.

WBF junior featherweight champion Oscar Chauke claimed Zantsi has failed to pay him R30000 from the purse money for his first title defence in May against Sergio Carlos Santillan in Bloemfontein.

"She said the Free State sports department has not paid her."

He also claims Zantsi is insensitive and he wants out of Showtime Boxing Promotions.

"She never bothered to inform me that my defence [against Mexican Ruben Estanislado], which was scheduled for Durban this Friday, has been cancelled.

"Her matchmaker Thulani Magudulela sent an SMS to my stablemate Sicelo Mzobe informing him about the cancellation," said a disappointed Chauke.

Some of the boxers who fought in Zantsi's tournament at Benoni City Hall in August claimed they were not paid what they were owed.

Attempts to get a response from Zantsi drew a blank.


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