Ducking rules

BOXING is legalised brutality. That is why medical staff must be present at every boxing tournament.

BOXING is legalised brutality. That is why medical staff must be present at every boxing tournament.

Every fighter also undergoes thorough medical examination days before a fight.

But in a shock move Boxing South Africa this week ignored these safety measures.

They drug cheat Jared Lovett permission to fight when he should remain suspended until he answers doping charges and passes stringent medical tests.

Fortunately promoter Rodney Berman has pulled Lovett out of his tournament after being shown reason.

But Berman still has Zolani Marali billed against Mlungisi Dlamini when the boxer should be out of the gym until November 12 because he was knocked out on September 12.

The rules are applied worldwide: a fighter has to rest 60 days - he is not even allowed to train - after being knocked out.

The fistic world has witnessed far too many fight tragedies and safety rules cannot be ignored

The two dangerous indiscretions by BSA are two too many.

The Sports Ministry, as custodians of the sport, must step in before another ring tragedy.

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