TO some disgruntled boxing observers the sport has regressed to unimaginable levels.
They have even called on Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile to disband the current four-member board of Boxing South Africa (BSA) and appoint an interim structure.
Stofile has instead organised a two-day national boxing convention that will take place at St Georges Hotel in Rietvlei Dam, near Pretoria, this weekend. He has termed it "A huge step towards a knockout Tomorrow".
Stofile made it clear that the convention was not about the disbandment of the current board of BSA but was intended to enable the boxing sector to address the challenges faced by the sport and the good practice that can be carried forward.
"The convention will also give the boxing fraternity a chance to interrogate the report by Dumile Mateza and Mesuli Zifo on their examination of boxing, with the intention of charting a knockout future for the sport," explained Sports Ministry spokesperson Manase Makwela yesterday.
"Other matters that will be discussed include medicals and doping in boxing, sponsorship and marketing, regulatory frameworks (legislation and policies), the relationship between the SA National Amateur Boxing Organisation and BSA, as well as corporate governance.
"The minister said though the report by Mateza and Zifo contains useful information, it is not the Bible of boxing. The contents of the report still need to be interrogated by the boxing fraternity so that in the end they can take ownership of whatever is extracted from the sport to inform the future of the sport."
Mateza and Zifo were appointed by Stofile to solicit information from all the stakeholders ahead of the convention.