Legends meet in Orlando to revive SA boxing
South African boxing legends gathered on Saturday at the famous Uncle Tom Community Center in Orlando West, Soweto.
In his Heyday, boxing was South Africa’s main sport, rivaling only football in popularity. If the latter has retained its status over the years, boxing has experienced a sharp decline.
This is what prompted the Gauteng Boxing Promoters Association (GBPA) to host an event where some of the biggest names in South African boxing history would come together to discuss solutions.
“We wanted our veterans to know that they are appreciated and we love them. We want to find lasting solutions to the challenges facing boxing and we hope to have a similar engagement with Boxing South Africa in the future, ”said GBPA President Tshele Kometsi.
Several issues were discussed that day, such as solutions to curb the sport’s decline in popularity, the role of boxing legends in the South African boxing scene and the establishment of a Hall of Fame of boxing. Boxing South Africa (BSA) President Luthando Jack applauded GBPA for organizing the event.
“I am happy to be one of the giants. I completely agree with everything that has been said. In particular, the aspect of unity, because that’s what will bring boxing back to where these legends have put it and where this golden generation has put it, ”he said.
The star-studded list of entrants included Harold Volbrechst and Morris “Yankee” Mohloai – the couple who unified the welterweight championship in 1978, a first in South African boxing history. Other boxing legends in attendance included former flyweight champion Johannes “Slashing Tiger” Sithebe and Giovanni “Shosholoza” Pretorius, who represented South Africa at the 1992 Olympics.
“It was great to be here today, as veterans to come together and build boxing. It’s a great sport and we want to see it move forward. There is still a lot of work to be done but we will continue, ”said Pretorius.
The event also received support from the East Rand Veterans Boxing Association (ERVBA) and extensive sponsorship from Exec Care. In addition, veteran boxing promoters Pat Molefe and Obed Molekwa were honored for their contribution to the growth of boxing in South Africa.
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