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South African Boxing Awards 2016

In May this year 2016, we announced that the South African boxing awards is back on the cards after an absence of seven years from the boxing scene. By and large, this major announcement was a direct response to a deep seated cry of anguish from all boxing stakeholders and enthusiasts bemoaning the absence of this celebrated event from the boxing calendar.

The significance of these Awards can never be overstated. In a society where negative role models often attempt to reign supreme, boxing’s galaxy of excellence can simply not afford to play second fiddle. In and outside the ring, our sport of boxing has produced some of Mzansi’s finest sport genius, history rewriters, stalwarts and legends! Through these awards we seek to recognize, reward and profile their accomplishment. Through their journey, we seek to inspire the next generation.

An adjudication panel consisting of knowledgeable, experienced, and committed men and women of good standing has been appointed to drive this process. This includes considering all nominations, shortlisting nominees per category and finally coming up with winners in each category. A firm of independent auditors has also been appointed to oversee compliance to the rulebook approved by the Board and ensure integrity of the entire process.

From 1 October till 2 November 2016 we are inviting our boxing licensees, enthusiasts and general public to nominate candidates of their choice. There are a total eighteen categories and criteria for eligibility of candidates into each category. All these are explained in a rulebook which further outlines nomination process to be accessed here or through our provincial managers in the respective provinces.

Our call to action is for the boxing community to rise up in numbers, seize the opportunity and nominate their preferred candidates. As a rule, no candidate can nominate him or herself. So for names of our heroes and heroines to be considered by the adjudication panel, we need to take that first step and nominate them.

Remember; the nomination for Boxing Awards remains open from 1 October till 2 November 2016. In the meantime, a whole lot of work is happening behind the scenes. We are preparing for the evening with the stars..... Read on.

Memo To All Licensees

Dear All


As you know the Board of Boxing South Africa approved certain rules on 6 December 2014 to ensure the better administration of the sport of boxing with particular reference to dispute resolution. In particular the Rules deals with misconduct by licensees,..... Click here to download

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Ratings As At June 2016


Greetings – Please note that we are currently reworking the female ratings template.

In the interim not much has changed within the female rankings except for the change in championship with Nosipho Bell outpointing Nomanphondomisa Xhotyeni recently in Port Elizabeth in so doing taking the SA Junior Lightweight title. This sees Xhotyeni moving into Mandatory position and also sees Bell moving out of the Lightweight division.

In this month’s ratings Osborne Mashimani the new Heavyweight champion, international stars Chris van Heerden and Hekkie Budler has been brought back into the National Rankings. Some real exciting expectations from upcoming prospects Ruann Visser (Heavyweight), Nicholas Radley (Light Heavyweight), Brandon Thysse (Junior Middleweigt), Luthu Mthimkhulu (Welterweight) Nkosinathi Biyela, Jeff Magagne and Dillon Yule (Lightweights) and Ronald Malindi (Bantamweight ) and impressive victories from boxers such as Justice Siliga (Heavy), Patrick Mukala(Super middle) Barend van RooyenWelcome Nthsingila and Marcel Botha (Middleweight),Mzwixolo Ndwayana- Patrcik Malinga - Xola Sifama - Welcome Ntshingila, Cebo Ngema, France Ramabulo, Thabiso Mchunu and Koos Sibiya all adding titles too their names and Siboniso Gonya retaining his titlerecognition.

Unathi Myekeni did us proud in South Korea.

I wish all Boxers well in the upcoming bouts and it’s always a pleasure meeting withand seeing them in action.

“Walk in God’s Blessings”

Willie and the Ratings Committee

South Africa's Boxing Champs

Between 1927 and 2001, 35 South African fighters won a total of 49 world boxing titles. The number of South African world champions peaked in the 1990s. The country had six world champions in 1995, five the following year and six in 1997. In 1998 the number stood at eight, and in 1999 at five world title holders.

Before the advent of more than one world body, Vic Toweel was South Africa's only world champion, winning the bantamweight title in 1950. The only other boxer who came close was Willie Smith, who won the British version of the world bantamweight title when he defeated Teddy Baldock in October 1927.

Multiple title holders

South Africa has, however, also produced multiple title holders. Among these was Brian Mitchell, who won the World Boxing Association title in September 1986 and the International Boxing Federation title in 1991 in the junior lightweight division.
Dingaan Thobela won three titles: the World Boxing Organisation and WBA lightweight titles, in September 1990 and June 1993 respectively, as well as the World Boxing Council middleweight title in September 2000.

Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala is the only South African boxer to have won four titles in three different divisions: he won the WBO flyweight title in May 1993, the WBO light flyweight title in November 1995, as well as the junior flyweight titles under the International Boxing Association in July 1997 and the World Boxing Union in February 2001. Read More

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