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TV blackout killing boxing

By David Isaacson | Mar 14, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 6 ]

NICK Durandt has hit out at the SABC, accusing the national broadcaster of killing boxing by refusing to televise fights.

"I'm not taking on any fighters at the moment because I can't deliver," the flamboyant trainer said yesterday.

He was speaking at a press conference to announce the Gauteng sport department's sponsorship of the IBF junior featherweight title bout between champion Takalani Ndlovu and Jeffrey Mathebula, the Durandt-trained challenger.

Promoter Branco Milenkovic said they were still trying to secure TV coverage for the tournament at Carnival City next Saturday.

"We are talking to broadcasters and hope to have an answer by the end of the week."

SABC, which pays TV rights fees to screen bouts, hasn't flighted live boxing for about a year.

Durandt said without the backing of SABC, he was unable to guarantee fights for his boxers, even his world champions.

"We in boxing have won more world titles than any other sport but we are treated as the black sheep," lamented Durandt, adding that local fighters were being forced to go overseas for world title fights.

Mathebula, he said, should have been crowned a world champ in Panama, but lost the decision unfairly. Ndlovu himself had to go to Mexico for the first defence of the belt, where he won a tight decision.

Gauteng sports MEC Lebogang Maile said Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula was tackling the SABC issue, but added that the private sector also needed to support boxing.

Milenkovic confirmed he would have been unable to stage the tournament without the Gauteng government's support.

One of the spin-offs of the sponsorship deal is that Milenkovic's company will help three gyms in under-privileged areas, starting with the Jersey Joe gym in Alexandra. Milenkovic believes the other two gyms will be in Katlehong and Soweto.

The total cost will be between R500000 and R1million, said the promoter.


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BOXING promotes violence and I don’t see how you can be proud by making money out of it. This sport must be abolished because besides violence, its long term effects are not good either; health wise.

My apologies to those that love this sport, but it’s a no go for me.

Mar 14, 2012 10:5 | 0 replies

@ black lion.
"Boxing promotes violence"

i suppose you have research to support your theory. i assume you do then i suggest you also ban wrestling, kickboxing , karate, and hey do not forget violent movies. fact of the matter baba is that you know nothing about this sport so please sit down and watch you ballet dancing. we wont bother you there.

Mar 14, 2012 1:26 | 0 replies

@maneater, you remind me of PdV after the Schalk Burger eye gouging incident LOL

Mar 14, 2012 4:27 | 0 replies

i echo your sentiments meneater**correct

Mar 15, 2012 8:25 | 0 replies

@ Black lion, ignorance is a weakness, work on it
@ maneater.. spot on baba, spot on, thank you!

Mar 15, 2012 11:46 | 0 replies

Black lion you must be from your own planet. Which violence arise from boxing, why is it played world wide and televised if it promotes violence.

Mar 16, 2012 7:36 | 0 replies