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Media Statement: In Memoriam Mr. Sazi Xhamlashe
Media Statement: In Memoriam Mr. Sazi Xhamlashe
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Boxing South is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of their two licensees within a few days apart. We have lost Sazi Xhamlashe, a long-serving official for more than 40 years, and Asino Joseph, an aspiring champion.

Sazi Simon Xhamlashe, based in Gauteng Province, Vosloorus, was a model of discipline, respect, and decisiveness among all Ring officials, whether new or experienced. From a professional boxing career that began in 1975, he later blossomed and achieved international recognition as a referee and judge from 1995 until his sad passing.

He displayed a strong passion and dedication for boxing and sports, in general. His fair and unquestionable calls in judging and refereeing contests placed him on top of the list of the more reliable and preferable officials. Boxing fans, commentators, and analysts rested assured and confident that their boxers were in good hands and safe whenever Xhamlashe was the third man on the ring.

He was firm but fair. He did not do any favours and expected none. To him, it was black or white, with no grey areas. He called the shots exactly as he saw them. Boxing will sorely miss him as it will be so much poorer without his reliable and unquestionable service. Mr. Xhamlashe will be buried on Saturday, 29 January 2022, in Vosloorus.

The Ginsberg Area in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape was still looking forward to producing a champion in Asino Joseph. He sadly left planet earth while working on his future as a superstar in boxing. He will be sadly missed by his boxing peers, trainers, and managers. He will be buried in his hometown on Friday, 21 January 2022.

May their souls rest in peace, they will be sadly missed in the boxing fraternity


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