Show will go on: Seoe

Bongani Magasela

Blacky Seoe will go ahead with his mandate of staging his international boxing tournament despite failing to secure television.

His tournament will feature two World Boxing Foundation (WBF) titles and a World Boxing Association (WBA) International belt. It will take place at the Bloemfontein Civic Centre in Free State on February 23.

"Nothing will stop me from doing this tournament," said Seoe. "My vision is to bring boxing back to the Free State.

"I must pay my fighters well and they will deliver the goods. I have no ill feeling towards the two television houses. I believe they will give a date when it is available."

This Free Stater estimated his expenditure at R2 million and said it included air tickets for foreign fighters, entertainment, marketing and "huge" purse monies.

"None of my fighters will be paid less than R100 000," said the man who is hellbent on bettering boxers' purse monies.

Mlungisi "The Shark" Dlamini, William "Dynamite" Gare and Tshifhiwa "The Atomic Spider" Munyai will make their debuts under Seo's Robs Promotion. He signed them just after obtaining the promoter's licence in December.

Dlamini will defend the WBF lightweight belt against Sergio Priotti from Argentina, Gare and Samoan Mauselino Masoe will fight for the vacant WBF super middleweight strap while Munyai's opponent for the vacant WBA International bantamweight title is yet to be confirmed. Entrance is free.