Boxing fans left calling for more

Abbey Mnisi. /Nick Lourens
Abbey Mnisi. /Nick Lourens

Even the moon has the dark side. That is how best to describe Supreme Boxing Promotions successful tournament on Sunday - the first in nine years to take place at KwaThema Community hall, Springs, on the East Rand.

Sandile Xaka's tournament was called "Feast in the East". It attracted a big crowd and fighters on the night gave the paying public value for their R20 entrance fee.

Even Abbey "Little Rock" Mnisi, the 44-year-old-former African Boxing Union (ABU) flyweight boxing champion who graced the tournament, was impressed.

"People were very happy," said Mnisi, who has established himself as one of the top boxing matchmakers in the country, especially in Gauteng.

"I think there has to be more similar tournaments, especially in the same hall going forward."

The dark spot about the tournament, Mnisi said, was the non-involvement of boxers from KwaThema.

"As a matchmaker I got calls from some trainers from around KwaThema who thought I was part of the matchmaking. They made it clear that it was very unfair of the promoter (Xaka) not to involve local boxers," said Mnisi.

"Look, little number of bouts (four) also did not go down well with fans. The tournament ended when they were still looking forward to more action."

Mnisi, the former boxer, however, said the matchmaking was okay.