bsa boss in fix

South African boxing promoters have called on Boxing SA chief executive Bongani Khumalo to resign with immediate effect.

South African boxing promoters have called on Boxing SA chief executive Bongani Khumalo to resign with immediate effect.

The promoters made the call at their meeting in Bloemfontein at the weekend, which, among other issues, was called to discuss licence fee hikes by BSA.

The promoters accused Khumalo, who joined BSA in June last year, of being arrogant and insensitive to issues affecting them, especially with the hikes.

Khumalo recently announced promoters staging international and world title tournaments would be required to pay R70000 together with their R5000 licence fee renewal for the current financial year.

Those staging national tournaments would be required to pay R30000 to accompany their R3000 fees while development promoters would have to fork out R10 000 on top of their R2000.

A R50 administration fee would be levied on all the amounts.

Khumalo said promoters would be required to pay the amounts before the end of this month. The promoters say Khumalo cannot be trusted to advance the interest of boxing stakeholders.

National Promoters Association chairman Mzi Mnguni said promoters will not pay the extra amounts.

"The deposits, including the R50 administration fee demanded by Boxing South Africa, will not be paid. Instead the status quo will remain," Mnguni said.

Khumalo could not be reached for comment.

l American Tim Bradley upset Britain's Junior Witter to win the WBC light welterweight title in Nottingham on Saturday.

Mandatory challenger Bradley took a split decision after flooring Witter in the sixth round and cutting the 34-year-old champion above his left eye in the 11th.

Witter edged the opening rounds but the nimble Bradley worked his way into the fight and unleashed a scything right hand to the side of Witter's head near the end of the sixth.

Unbeaten Bradley was frustrated by the sound of the bell as he moved in to finish the fight and Witter then recovered well to chip away at the compact Californian.

Bradley, 24, maintained a punishing work rate in the latter rounds to fend off a Witter comeback and had his opponent in trouble again in the 10th and 11th rounds with solid rights. - Sapa and Reuters

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