throw in towel, BSA

BOXING SA seems to have shot itself in the foot by trying to charge Ali Funeka for contravening the Boxing SA Act by fighting in the United States without clearance.

BOXING SA seems to have shot itself in the foot by trying to charge Ali Funeka for contravening the Boxing SA Act by fighting in the United States without clearance.

Technically, Funeka contravened the act but Boxing SA's fight should be with Funeka's manager, Sihle Mnguni.

Mnguni should have made sure that he provided Boxing SA with all the necessary paperwork for Funeka's fight abroad.

Boxing SA called Funeka for a hearing. No one from the office at Nasrec could confirm or deny that Funeka was charged.

Even chairperson Peter Ngatane is unsure if "Rush Hour", as Funeka is widely known in the boxing ring, was charged after the hearing.

Instead Ngatane said: "I'm not sure if his management was present at the hearing. Ali is supposed to have been charged. Bongani Khumalo (former BSA chief executive) was supposed to do that, but the process is going to be finalised."

It seems the only thing Boxing SA is interested in is Funeka's contribution to the benevolent fund from his fight purse.

Funeka failed in his attempt in February to oust Nate Campbell as the IBF and WBA lightweight holder in the US.

Campbell lost those belts on the scale. He twice failed to make the required limit, so his points victory was more about pride.

A source in Funeka's camp said Funeka's lawyers want a provision from regulations or legislation that says Boxing SA has the power to charge any licensee. He said Boxing SA had been acting beyond its powers.

The Boxing SA Act 11 of 2001 says the governing body may suspend or cancel a licence but the same Act says nothing regarding Boxing SA's right to constitute a hearing.

That gives the impression that Boxing SA has always assumed powers it does not have.

Sowetan can reveal that Boxing SA's lawyers have indicated in writing to Funeka's lawyers that Boxing SA has no case against him - the only thing he needs do is pay the benevolent fund and Boxing SA will let him off with a warning.

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