Tue Oct 25 10:32:18 SAST 2016
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des Van Rooyen. Picture Credit: Gallo Images
Van Rooyen suddenly withdraws his interdict

In another twist involving the public protector’s office‚ the Minister of Co-operative Governance an.

Milenkovic wins IBF's prestigious award

By Bongani Magasela | Jun 08, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

PROMOTER Branco Milenkovic has once again been rewarded for his hard work.

PROMOTER Branco Milenkovic has once again been rewarded for his hard work.

He was voted IBF's promoter of 2008 last week. This New Jersey-based boxing body took this decision last week in Panama where it held its 26th annual convention.

Milenkovic, who co-owns the Branco Sports Productions (BSP) with Jacob Matlala, becomes the first African ever to win such a prestigious award.

These enticements have always been bestowed on boxing gurus including Don King and Bob Arum. The reason behind Milenkovic's reward could be that his consortium staged eight IBF title fights last year.

This year alone, the contrasting twins, one towering while the other is pocket-sized, staged two such fights. One of them was the historic clash between stable mates, Malcolm Klassen and Cassius Baloyi, for the IBF junior lightweight strap.

Baloyi lost that belt to Klassen via a seventh-round stoppage. Two weeks ago BSP presented the IBF bantamweight title eliminator in Springs in which Colombian Yohnny Perez stopped Silence Mabuza in the 12th round.

'I feel that I have achieved my ultimate goal, which was to market South Africa in the world as a boxing loving country with capabilities to host super fights," Milenkovic said yesterday.

This is the second big recognition for BSP, which was voted WBC's International Promoter of the 2007.

Robs Promotions' Blacky Seoe was voted Promoter of 2008 by the Australian-based World Boxing Foundation.


Login OR Join up TO COMMENT