Critics now see my point in dearth of lightweight boxers

Critics, who chastised me for speaking my mind about the dearth of talent that has contributed enormously to the lack of interest for boxing from ordinary citizens, have apologised.

Critics, who chastised me for speaking my mind about the dearth of talent that has contributed enormously to the lack of interest for boxing from ordinary citizens, have apologised.

I specifically spoke about the lightweight division, which I believe stinks.

I said: "There is no Brian Mitchell, Alladin Stevens or Chris Whiteboy. There might not even be a Bushy Mosoeu or a Dingaan Thobela."

I know that it was unfair of me to compare any group with the big men of the 1970s and 1980s, when the lightweight division was at its peak.

But my message was loud and clear that there was and still is a serious need of a saviour.

Do you remember a time when there was a buzz about Enoch Zitha? When we were wondering if Lucky Sambo had what it takes?

Most recently, it was Isaac Hlatswayo who beat the best South Africa had.

I talked about the latest anointee - Irvin "Pretty Boy" Buhlalu. An affable human being with good communication skills.

But all that counts for zero when it comes to his boxing prowess. Buhlalu is terribly flawed. Any comparison with Floyd "Pretty Boy" Mayweather, who has frightening skill to go with his damaging power, is ludicrous.

Buhlalu was terrible on April 5 against Benedict Dlamini and shocking on September 15 against a washed fighter in Simphiwe Joni.

Critics who witnessed his fight - a rematch with Dlamini - last week shared my suggestion that "Buhlalu's coming fights not be shown on television".

They agree with me now that Buhlalu's letdown is coming.

He has no stamina. The letdown could be an embarrassing boxing lesson over the distance by the more skilful, determined and hungrier Mlungisi Dlamini.

Either way it will come. He is not the saviour. So you know what you need to do in the mean time - enjoy the ride.

To Joseph Makaringe, who lost his WBC International welterweight belt to Alpasan Agluzum in Germany on Friday night, its time to say, goodbye "Smokin' Joe".

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