Promoters in hot water over purse

IF THE Gauteng Promoters Association could have its way, World Sports Promotion of King Ramapedi, Thabang Segooa, Mikiro Ramphenyane and Eric Strydom should not be allowed to promote any more fights.

IF THE Gauteng Promoters Association could have its way, World Sports Promotion of King Ramapedi, Thabang Segooa, Mikiro Ramphenyane and Eric Strydom should not be allowed to promote any more fights.

WSP failed to pay the full purse to Takalani Ndlovu and Oscar Chauke, who fought for the WBF featherweight belt in a WSP bill at Graceland Casino, in Secunda, on March 20.

Ndlovu, who won the belt, is still owed R30000, while Chauke is owed R40000. Apparently, the promoters also did not pay officials their fees.

GPA has written to Boxing SA (BSA) acting CEO Mtya Loyiso suggesting that BSA should take drastic steps against the promoters, which may be result in disbanding WSP.

"The non payment of the agreed purses to the two boxers by World Sports Promotions is tantamount to slavery," said the GPA in the letter to Mtya.

Meanwhile Isaac Chilembe, who is contracted to WSP, and Ugandan David Kitooke, will meet tomorrow at midday at Emperors Palace, in Kempton Park, for a pre-fight medical for their WBO African light heavyweight title fight, which will be presented by Golden Gloves of promoter Rodney Berman at Graceland Casino on Saturday night.

For the record Boxing SA's rules stipulate that purse monies must be deposited within 14 days before the tournament. This was not done in the case by WSP.

Cape Town-based WBF representative in Africa, Howard Goldberg, said: "The WBF has nothing to do with purse monies. That is a matter between a promoter and fighters' managers. In this case it was WSP, Nick Durandt and Manny Fernandez.

"King did not pay us for sanctioning fee of about R40000, WBF belt for about R4800, officials fee of about R24000.

"King pleaded with us that the tournament goes ahead. He made a commitment that the money would be deposited within 72 hours.

"I spoke to the president in Australia, Micky Croucher, and we did not want boxing especially boxers to suffer.

"King is not taking Croucher and my calls now. We have confidence in Boxing SA that they will handle this matter properly."

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