By SYDNEY MORWENG
An olive branch has been extended after the SABC Sport succumbed to pressure and promised to broadcast the boxing bonanza at Carnival City tomorrow evening.
During media brief, the ‘out of sort’ promoters and their fellow boxers learnt that the bonanza would not be broadcast due to disagreements between the public broadcaster and the organizers.
Much to their dismay, the organizers took a swipe at SABC sport for not having boxing at their interest.This was followed by brutal and verbal attack from the stakeholders who are behind the boxing tourney such as Branco Promotions, businessman Butityi Konki and Nick Durandt.
What then made the situation worse was the fact that boxing had just returned to Carnival City after hiatus and all of a sudden has to deal with irresponsible behaviour by the SABC Sport.
After much negative publicized events around the non-committal of SABC to come on board, an olive branch was extended to the Branco Promoters and stakeholders that eventually the bout will be broadcasted.
This is after an impromptu intervention by the broadcasters’ hierarchy and according to spin-doctor Kaizer Kganyago, this was a small snag which did not deserve such a bad publicity.According to the public broadcaster, only two major bouts will be broadcasted.
Vacant IBF Lightweight champ Cassius Baloyi vs Mzonke Fana, IBF World Flyweight Moruti Mthalane vs Zolani Tete, and Jeffrey Mathebula vs Takalani Ndlovu who will battle it out for the IBF World Jnr Featherweight title and Tshepo Lefele vs Japanese Katsunari Takayama will be vying for the IBF Mini Flyweight.
Tickets are available at Computicket outlets. Bouts begin at 8pm, Carnival City Casino, Big Top Arena.