Pettifer jabs bigots

RESPECTED boxing analyst Terry Pettifer has hit hard at boxing fans who support fighters because they share the same skin colour.

RESPECTED boxing analyst Terry Pettifer has hit hard at boxing fans who support fighters because they share the same skin colour.

"Terrible Terence" Pettifer doubles as a fight publicist for Golden Gloves.

It was not long that he raised his concern about what he termed as "bad people", but it was only on Saturday night that this writer took him seriously.

That was during a WBA Pan African super middleweight title fight between defending champion Thomas "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen and Ghanaian Thomas Awinbono.

A white female Afrikaans-speaking senior citizen was verbally abusive in her attempt to cheer Oosthuizen. We will not print what she said, it was too racist.

That's decision is for Sowetan readers and the Truth and Reconciliation Committee which did a sterling job to heal apartheid wounds and bridge that existed gaps between black and white South Africans.

The lady, well in her 50s, sent her message across loud and clear by screaming her lungs out. Petiffer was annoyed. He summoned the security personnel who were at ringside to take her out of the Centre Court Arena but they just laughed him off.

Pettifer said the female's behavior was the one of the many reasons so much hatred between black white South Africans still existed.

"Religious boxing fans don't see colour," explained Pettifer who turned pink in anger.

Yours truly can add that it was the second time the same lady shouted such annoying words in a boxing match.

The first incident happened at the Theatre of Marcellus also inside Emperors Palace on September 29 last year during Hekkie Budler's fight against Doctor Nsele.

She was not taken seriously because she probably had had too much to drink as the tournament was a box-and-dine event where liquor was available.

Boxing was somehow banned at Sun City, Mmabatho, years back because guests there complained that they were mugged by black people.

The question is, must black people, including boxers, boycott Emperors Palace because of an individual with racist remarks?

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