Promoter seeks title rematch as he takes result to court
Fight between Innocent Mantengu and Thato Bonokoane for the vacant SA junior featherweight belt wrongly declared a draw
Boxing SA may have to bob and weave its way to safety in the courtroom.
That is because promoter Tshele Kometsi intends to go the legal route to force it to order a rematch between his charge, Innocent “Tycoon” Mantengu, and Thato “Captain Charisma” Bonokoane for the vacant SA junior featherweight belt.
Their fight in Kagiso on Saturday night was wrongly declared a draw.
Pumeza Zinakile voted Mantengu as the winner with a score of 116-112 and Simon Mokadi scored it 116-112 for Bonokoane while Jaap van Niewenhuizen scored it 114-114.
In terms of the SA Boxing Act‚ if a championship fight for a vacant title ends in a draw, each judge should nominate a winner and the winner of the bout will be the boxer nominated as such by the majority vote of the judges. Boxing SA manager Archie Nyingwa‚ who was the fight supervisor‚ should therefore have returned the scorecards to all the judges to nominate the winner.
The bout‚ which headlined the Team Dida Promotions bill at Kagiso Memorial Centre‚ was sanctioned on the proviso that the winner will defend his title against Ayabonga “Jay Jay” Sonjica.
The blunder was the second of the night. The first occurred after the vacant Gauteng junior middleweight fight between Linda “Gentle Beast” Ntshingila and Brandon “Fast Guns” Thysse.
Judges Ben Ncapayi and Zinakile scored the fight 96-94 for Ntshingila and 97-93 for Thysse, respectively, while Mokadi declared it a draw at 95-95. Nyingwa was supposed to ask the judges to nominate the winner in that case too.
A source revealed that promoter Andre Thysse, Brandon’s father, also intends to go the legal route to force Boxing SA to order a rematch between his son and Ntshingila.
Brandon is trained by Damien Durandt while Pius Dipheko hones the skills of Ntshingila.
In a junior middleweight bout scheduled for four rounds between Shavontigh Koopman and Francis Matika, Mpumalanga fighter Matika did not even try to throw a punch, going down meekly from a powder-puff blow in the first round.
Junior-featherweight: Cain Dube beat Sabelo Mazibuko on points; Lightweight: Tiisetso Padi beat Khumbudzo Bandatswana with a technical knockout (TKO); Lightweight: Khaya Busakwe beat Emmanuel Mhlongo with a TKO; Junior-welterweight: Marcus Lebogo beat Humbulani Netshamutshedzi on points.