Mbali Zantsi done with boxing this year

Mbali 'Nxonxo' Zantsi says she won't stage her annual women's tournament next month. / MIKE HOLMES
Mbali 'Nxonxo' Zantsi says she won't stage her annual women's tournament next month. / MIKE HOLMES

Internationally renowned female promoter Mbali "Don Queen" Zantsi has vehemently ruled out even the slightest chance of seeing her Showtime Boxing Promotion staging a tournament this year.

Zantsi, who staged the first female professional boxing tournament in 2007 in Durban where Noni "She Bee Stingin' Tenge and Unathi "African Queen" Myekeni made their pro debuts, usually is not seen early in the year.

She had over the years made sure that in August, SA's Women's Month, she stages a women's tournament

This year, however, Zantsi, whose commitment to women boxing earned her the Women in Sport award twice with G-Sport Magazine, said the boxing fraternity must count her out this year.

"It is a definite no for me this year," she said, citing danger to human life that is posed by the coronavirus.

"For me 2020 is gone. If I could I would not count this year in years of living."

Zantsi, who counts the WBF promoter of the year (2015/16) and Boxing SA's 2016 chairperson's award among her numerous accolades, says she is taking her time to reflect until this pandemic blows are over.

"What is the point of rushing to stage fights, chasing money, while you expose a lot of people to this thing?

"The numbers of positive cases are shooting up and that is why we say our children must not go to school. We are told this disease thrives in cold weather and it is winter here."

Zantsi said her friend lost five members of her family to Covid-19.

"It's too scary; I will never do boxing this year. Staging a tournament requires that boxers, their trainers, officials and even tournament supervisor be taken under quarantine up until the day of the fight.

"There must be no chopping and changing of boxers in that line-up. You must keep all those people in a place of safety and provide everything to them. That is a huge expense," she said.

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