Gauteng threatens to bar East London boxers

2022/01/12 20:52:00

Gauteng threatens to bar East London boxers

Gauteng threatens to bar East London boxers

Innocent fighters from the Eastern Cape have unfortunately become collateral damage in a row where “unsavoury” verbal abuse was directed at the Gauteng Boxing Promoters Association (GBPA) on social media, said GBPA chair Tshele Kometsi yesterday.

“We were insulted badly by many people [boxing fans], but we took particular exception to Terror Thethwa [an East London-based fan] who called us the Gauteng Taxi Association on social media. It is disgusting that no-one from boxers, trainers and managers deemed it fit to defend us against such a nasty abuse. Yet we have given many of them opportunities.”

It is thought the outrage of some Eastern Cape-based fans stems from the non-inclusion of boxer Phila Mpontshana in a recent tournament staged by the GBPA where he was to defend the SA junior-lightweight title, but couldn't after returning a positive Covid-19 test.

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