Hotz flayed for rotten officiating

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Nick Hotz was reprimanded on Tuesday night for his scandalous officiating at a Golden Gloves boxing tournament at Emperors Palace recently.

Loyiso Mtya, public relations officer of Boxing South Africa, at a debriefing of ringside officials this week, told Hotz in no uncertain terms that his conduct as a referee and a judge was unacceptable .

Hotz shockingly declared a clearly beaten Kgotla Baeti the victor against Amon Baloyi. Hotz scored the fight 77-74 while his colleagues Thabo Spampool and Alfred Buqwana's scores were 78-73 and 77-74 for Baloyi.

Hotz followed up with a suspect stoppage of a fight in favour of Grant Fourie, who could have been behind on points after three rounds against Stanford Mabasa.

"I don't understand how did you reach the conclusion that Baeti won," said Mtya. "Your reaction between Fourie and Mabasa was like you waited for an excuse to stop that fight," he added.

Many officials judge personalities instead of fights. Baeti is trained by Collin Nathan, while Baloyi is under Paulos Chabalala.

Baeti, who had 11 knockouts from 12 wins before tasting defeat against Baloyi, took a severe hiding and even kissed the canvas in the second round. He barely survived a stoppage.

Meanwhile, Rupert van Aswegen, who could have been slightly ahead after nine rounds against Daniel Bruwer, succumbed midway through the 10th and last round of their light heavyweight clash.

Isaac Chilembe outpointed Zambian Charles Chisamba over six rounds, and the Malawian pocketed R2 000 after being voted fighter of the night.

Promoter Rodney Berman donated R20 000 to the United Cerebral Palsy Association of SA from the proceeds of his box and dine tournament.