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Mzansi's image takes pounding

By unknown | Dec 08, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

The recent use of plaster of Paris in a boxer's hands has stuck to South Africa like glue.

The recent use of plaster of Paris in a boxer's hands has stuck to South Africa like glue.

The culprits were dealt with but the stigma is still there. Globally, the good name of South Africa was seemingly tainted and my pride and dignity as a South African was blemished by selfishness and an inhumane exercise that is clearly driven by the love of money.

Enough of this lamenting.

It's just that the awesome manner in which Evans Mbamba deposited Thai fight Devid Lookmahanak on the canvass last weekend lost the credit it deserved.

Lookmahanak, who is built like a samurai warrior, was plastered to the canvass with a swift and well executed two-punch combination.

The first thing he said after getting up was an instruction to his cornermen that they see to it that Mbamba's hands were checked. That suggested that he had been hit with hands of cement.

Nothing was done because an official from the WBC witnessed the bandaging of both fighters, and he even signed on those bandages - proof that rules and regulations had been adhered to. This took place on Friday.

Then on Saturday at the Golden Walk mall in Germiston a boxer and his cornermen almost caused a row when they too complained that their boxer had been hit with something.

Man, that is bad.

The first South African who was implicated in using a hardening agent was Dingaan Thobela.

He was accused by Briton Glen "Cry Baby" Catley who lost the WBC super middleweight belt to the "Rose of Soweto" via a 12th round stoppage in Brakpan in 2000.

It was so serious that an investigation was conducted with the hearing taking place in Spain.Thobela was found innocent.

South Africa is a huge country and an admired one and should not to allow its image to be dented by a few individuals.

I take my leave.


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