BOXERS GET THEIR dUE

WORLD Sports Promotions has settled the outstanding purse money owed to WBF featherweight champion Takalani Ndlovu and Oscar Chauke.

WORLD Sports Promotions has settled the outstanding purse money owed to WBF featherweight champion Takalani Ndlovu and Oscar Chauke.

Their fight, which Ndlovu won on points, was staged by WSP at Graceland Casino in Secunda on March 2.

WSP boss King Ramapedi said the payments were made on Friday last week.

"Takalani's money was deposited into Nick Durandt's gym account while Chauke was paid into an account provided by his manager Manny Fernandez," said Ramapedi yesterday.

Durandt and Fernandez confirmed this.

Ramapedi said he had not yet paid the WBF its sanctioning fee, WBF belt and officials fee of about R86000.

He said this was because the Australian-based boxing sanctioning body had failed to send a legitimate tax invoice.

He said Howard Goldberg, who represents them in Africa, had told him that the Australian-based president, Micky Croucher, would send the tax invoice.

"That man lives in Australia. How then will he pay tax here. I am not going to be part of shipping out South African money," said Ramapedi, adding that Goldberg had also demanded R4000 for match making.

"I will not entertain that," he said.

Croucher said they had sent WSP more than 10 tax invoices, similar to ones they have always sent to every part of the globe where they had WBF title fights, "but Ramapedi always makes excuses".

"King is licensed with us but we will not allow him to work with us until he pays us. South Africa is a great boxing country but most boxers from outside South Africa are scared of coming there because of the fear that they won't be paid."

Boxing SA's interim CEO Loyiso Mtya said he had already cancelled WSP's tournament scheduled for June 18 because owners had not applied with Boxing SA for sanctioning. "That is done within 30 days," said Mtya.

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