blow to boxing

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

The death of Sylvia Maphangule, a top female referee and judge from Limpopo, has spoiled Boxing SA's plans for Saturday night's Prive Boxing Ball.

BSA's director of operations Loyiso Mtya announced last week that Nick Durandt's boxing extravaganza would feature three female professional fighters, Noni Tenge, Unathi Myekeni and Sandra Almeida in Boxing SA's way of honouring women during Women's Month.

Boxing SA showed its appreciation of women's contribution in this country by staging a women-only international professional boxing tournament in Durban last year.

The proceedings of that historic event, which was jointly presented by female promoters Mbali Zantsi and Kenosi Mlabateki, was conducted by female officials.

Boxing SA had planned to do the same during Tenge, Myekeni and Almeida' s fights with Kensani Makama, Maria Sivhaga and Queen Tshabalala on Saturday at Emperors Palace.

Mtya said Maphangule, who won Boxing SA's most promising ring officials award in 2006 for her expertise, was to feature prominently in those three four-rounders.

"Death has robbed us of a very good official," said Mtya about this soft-spoken official who died last Thursday.

But it is still all systems go for Durandt's show.

Topping his bill will be Daniel "Billy The Kid" Bruwer making the first defence of the SA light heavyweight belt against Ronnie "The Punisher" Lategan.

Bruwer won the title in April, stopping Anthony van Niekerk in the dying moments of the 12th round.

The main supporting bout will feature Simphiwe "V12" Vetyeka defending the national bantamweight strap against Nkosinathi Tshinavhe.

All tables at the box-and-dine are sold out.