Gauteng Boxing Promoters Association has asked the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to consider bringing back live boxing broadcasting.
Last year, a protest under the leadership of Free State Province promoter Lebohang Mahoko saw a group of supporters of boxing head to the SABC headquarters in Auckland Park to demand that the sport be brought back to the small screen. Following the march, the Gauteng Boxing Promoters Association has again embarked on a journey to get back live boxing matches on the SABC platforms.
The recent march was motivated by a fighting match that took place in Lazio, Italy, last week. The SABC bought the broadcasting rights for the IBO Junior Lightweight Championship, a fight between defending champion Michael Magnesi and Khanyile Bulana.
However, the broadcasting rights news did not sit well with the association’s Chairperson, Tshele Kometsi of TK Boxing Promotions. Kometsi addressed the SABC’s General Manager for Sport, Gary Rathbone, stating that he had made a massive mistake by buying the right for the match, which only lasted one round. Kometsi highlighted the expenditure as a waste of taxpayer’s money.
In response, Rathbone promised to bring back live boxing matches through the SABC’s newly launched Sports Channel, which is available on Openview, DTT, TelkomONE and other streaming platforms. We want to use the SABC Sports platform to ensure that we give airing time to as many sports that have been neglected as possible. Boxing is undoubtedly at the top of our list, said Rathbone.