Boxing SA suspends Jarred Lovett

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Boxing SA suspended Jarred Lovett for 12 months after he was found guilty of bringing boxing into disrepute, while also suing Sowetan and this writer for R250000.

A letter from lawyers acting on behalf of Boxing SA was received last Thursday. They are demanding an apology for an article written and published on March 19.

The story was about Boxing SA's sanctioning committee, which overruled Dr Peter Chadderton, who had said that he suspended Tyson Sixhakuma after he had dislocated a shoulder in the finals of the Baby Champs.

Sixhakuma fought almost three weeks after his order and dislocated his shoulder again, forcing his fight to be stopped.

Chadderton said he recommended that Sixhakuma go for an operation, and that he would not be able to fight until then. He was also required to produce a letter from the physician who conducted the operation.

The lawyers said the article cited Boxing SA as being "corrupt, insensitive or inconsiderate".

Back to Lovett, who was charged with conducting himself in a disgraceful manner by attacking organisers and participants at an amateur boxing tournament without provocation, insulting them and allegedly calling them "kaffirs".

His hearing took place last Thursday at Nasrec. Bongani Khumalo was the presiding officer, Loyiso Mtya, director of operations, was the prosecutor while Imran Khan, director of Champions Inn Boxing Academy, was the complainant.

Lovett was represented by his manager Brian Mitchell.

The incident happened at Booysens Boxing Club last month.

Lovett admitted misbehaving but denied claims of racism.

"I am no racist. My best friend, an orphan, David Rajuli, lives with me. I support him," he said.

But Khan insisted Lovett insulted him and pushed him around.

"But I'm happy we found an amiable solution. We accepted his apology and the 12-month suspension," he said.