Seoe may return after his boxers shine

BLACKY Seoe is reconsidering his position in boxing after super performances on Friday by boxers he groomed during his two years in the sport.

The Free State-based promoter withdrew from boxing last year after serving the sport with aplomb under Robs Promotions.

The company is now under Palesa Mosiea and it presented a successful six-bout card at the City Hall in Bloemfontein on Friday night. Seoe was a ringside guest.

The fighters that Seoe groomed - Thabiso Mchunu, Bongani Mahlangu, Gideon Buthelezi, Tumelo Motseki, Doctor Ntsele and Michael Ramabeletsa - gave him pause for thought.

"Give me a week or two and I will make a decision," he said. "I love this sport with all my heart and I wanted to make a change but I could not go on without television rights."

Most of the tournaments he staged - which included WBA Pan African and International, WBF and national title fights - were not televised.

At times Seoe had to beg promoters Branco Milenkovic and Rodney Berman to accommodate his fighters.

Last Friday night, Mchunu, 21, shone when he defended his SA and WBA Pan African light heavyweight belts. He stopped Reuben Groenewald in four rounds.

Mchunu punished Groenewald, the former All Africa junior middleweight, WBU middleweight, British Masters and WBU Intercontinental super middleweight, so severely that experienced referee Jaap van Niewenhuizen stopped the brutality within two minutes of the fourth round.

That was Mchunu's eighth stoppage from eight fights, while Groenewald, who offered no resistance, suffered his seventh defeat against 23 wins (14 KOs) and three draws.

WBA Pan African bantamweight holder Mahlangu pulverised Ghana's Wilson Asamoah into submission in 51 seconds, while Buthelezi was too smart for Nelson Mtshali in their bout for the WBO Africa mini flyweight title.

Mtshali was rescued from total destruction in the fourth round.

Other results - Junior bantamweight 10 rounds: Motseki beat Unathi Gqokoma on points; Bantamweight: Ramabeletsa beat Zukile Toko (TKO 4th round); flyweight: Ntsele beat Thabiso Moroosi (KO 3rd round).