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BUTITYI Konki and Mzimase Mnguni's frosty relationship has deteriorated to the point where Konki has cancelled Mnguni's promotional rights with boxer Ali Funeka.
Funeka joined Konki after parting ways with Mnguni in September. Funeka is managed by Konki, who bought out Sihle Mnguni (Mzimasi's younger brother) soon after after Funeka joined his BK Holdings.
"I cancelled the contract on December 21," Konki said yesterday. "I wrote to both Mnguni and Boxing SA on December 21 advising them about the decision.
"Mnguni breached the contract. His people promised to report back to me on January 11 after receiving his letter."
Mnguni said he knew nothing about the letter but Boxing SA acting chief Loyiso Mtya confirmed that he had received it.
Their contract reads in part: "In the event the promoter is in breach (of the contract), the boxer is entitled to notify the promoter about the cancellation of that contract, giving him 10 days to reply.
"I wrote to him on December 21 and 10 days has gone past and there has been no response, so I cancelled the contract," said Konki, who was once Mnguni's close friend. But Mnguni said the contract could be terminated only by himself, the law and Funeka.
"That is wishful thinking by Konki," said Mnguni, who brought on board Americans Gary Shaw and Cedrick Kusher as Funeka's international promoters.
He cut Funeka's ties with Branco Milenkovic, who had staged the IBF title eliminator between Funeka and Zahir Raheem in July 2008. Funeka won that fight on a fifth-round stoppage but was in turn outpointed by Nate Campbell for the IBF and WBA belts in February last year.