boxers paid late

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Professional boxers Nkosinathi Joyi, Ludumo Galada, Lubabalo Msuthu, Thembelani Maphuma, Themba Joyi, Osborne Machimana and Myan Solomons will finally get their purse monies today.

These ring gladiators had not been paid since they fought last month. Promoter S'Phatho Handi, whose Mamali Promotion staged their fights at Mdantsane Indoor Centre, did not deposit purse monies 14 days prior to the tournament, as required by Boxing SA.

But Loyiso Mtya and Phakamile Jacobs of Boxing SA claimed last week that Handi met the boxing body's requirements, including the rule concerning the period within which the purse should be deposited.

Boxing SA board member Sakhiwo Sodo confirmed live on television at the ringside when there were riots due to purse monies that the money was deposited, and that he personally saw the deposit slip.

The truth came out last Thursday when one of the fighters complained to Sowetan about the long wait for his money.

Bongani Khumalo, chief executive of Boxing SA, promised yesterday that they will get their money today.

"Handi rocked up in my office today [yesterday] and made a payment of R1,2 million from his sponsor, not the government, as promised before.

"It was an uncrossed cheque. I immediately sent my finance staff to deposit it. Boxers will get their money through electronic banking," said Khumalo.

But Handi pointed fingers at Boxing SA for the delay.

"All has been sorted out on my side. Yes there was a delay with the provincial government, which was helping me financially," he said. "I wrote a letter to them on November 24 saying I no longer needed their assistance. I managed to get some financial assistance elsewhere."

It is alleged that three Mexicans fighters, Pedro Navarette, Lorenzo Trejo and Jose Cabrera were arrested at OR Tambo on their arrival because they did not have visas.

Howard Goldberg, who represents the WBF in Africa, confirmed this last week but Handi turned blue in his denial.

"This is new to me. Their documents were in the right order," he said.

Nkosinathi Joyi stopped Navarette in two rounds for the IBO mini flyweight belt, Galada did the same to Trejo for the WBF featherweight belt while Msuthu stopped Cabrera in seven for the vacant WBF bantamweight belt.

Themba Joyi dethroned Maphuma of the national junior bantamweight belt while Machimana retained the SA heavyweight belt on points against Solomons.