Mpofu, Khanyile must be punished severely

Allegations that boxing trainer Eugene Khanyile and his fighter, Edward Mpofu, used plaster of Paris in the latter's bandages in a fight with Thanduxolo Dyani should never go unpunished.

Allegations that boxing trainer Eugene Khanyile and his fighter, Edward Mpofu, used plaster of Paris in the latter's bandages in a fight with Thanduxolo Dyani should never go unpunished.

If and when found guilty by the disciplinary committee of Boxing South Africa, I hope that his purse money will be given to Dyani to show solidarity with him.

This is the dirtiest trick that was initially used by boxers in the 40s and 50s in the US. Once discovered, the Boxing Commission in the US dealt a harsh blow on trainers, managers and boxers.

They were sent to prison for intention to do grievous bodily harm, which is a serious charge.

In the Mpofu-Dyani battle, the referee should no go uninvestigated, I can smell a rat in this situation as he was supposed to check both fighters' hands a few minutes before the fight.

The referee should also sign on both fighters' bandaged hands as proof that he has checked their bandages.

If not, I believe that referee should also be punished for negligence. As a former boxing champion and professional fighter, I believe that Khanyile and Mpofu must be permanently removed from the legal books of Boxing SA.

They both, probably with the referee's knowledge, nearly destroyed the future of Dyani.

Their dirty actions should be thrown right at the bottom of a big rubbish bin.

In conclusion, we the boxing fraternity of South Africa, thank promoter Mzimase Mnguni for blowing the whistle on this situation. Never again must we hear of the names of Eugene Khanyile and Edward Mpofu in boxing if these allegations are found to be the truth.

Ben "TNT" Lekalake

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