Mtya fends off criticism from ex-champ Clark

It is fallacy that boxing in South Africa needs a saviour, says interim Boxing SA chief executive Loyiso Mtya in response to Gregory Clark's claims that the state of the local fistic sport is in a cathartic state.

It is fallacy that boxing in South Africa needs a saviour, says interim Boxing SA chief executive Loyiso Mtya in response to Gregory Clark's claims that the state of the local fistic sport is in a cathartic state.

Clark, a former boxing champion, made his claim to Sowetan on Monday.

"Our boxing is currently enjoying the crest of a wave. Recently we hosted a historical fight between stablemates Cassius Baloyi and Malcolm Klassen for the IBF title," said Mtya yesterday.

'That is the confidence shown in us as a country by the New York-based boxing body. There have been IBF and WBC title eliminators, IBO and WBF fights here. We did not only host them but we were principal participants.

"I'm not sure what other people mean when they say boxing in South Africa is in a cathartic state."

Mtya was speaking after having what he termed a fruitful meeting with representatives of some of the world sanctioning bodies at Nasrec.

The Puerto Rico-based WBO was represented by Andrew Smale, while Len Hunt was there on behalf of the American-based IBO.

Representatives of the WBA, WBC and WBF were absent, as was Joe Visagie of the SABC.

Timekeeper Stanley Sono, Archie Nyingwa, tournament supervisor in Gauteng and promoter Jeff Ellis were there as individuals.

Mtya said their gathering was aimed at forging cooperation for the brighter future of the sport.

They agreed that Boxing SA and the world bodies must first agree on terms before a fight is sanctioned; that BSA must know sanctioning fees, when and how they will be paid; that officials in charge of international fights are to be paid by the fight supervisor appointed by the sanctioning body, not BSA; and that boxers' purse monies be deposited with the national body no less than 14 days prior to the fight.

BSA will also need to apply for dollars to pay international fighters after their fights.

"These resolutions will be presented to Boxing SA's board for approval," said Mtya.

Meanwhile, Ring Magazine has released its top 10 list of local fighters. They are Nkosinathi Joyi, Moruti Mthalane, Simphiwe Nongqayi, Silence Mabuza, Klassen, Mzonke Fana, Baloyi, Ali Funeka and Isaac Hlatswayo.

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