South African Boxing Rating CriteriaJanuary 11, 2017
The SA Boxing Awards will return to the country's sporting calendar after a seven-year absence, with local fighters who've shown excellence to be recognised.
Nominees for 17 categories including female and male fighter of the year, were announced today in Johannesburg.
This might just be a sign that the sport is returning to its former glory days with boxers having also complained of a lack of fighting opportunities.
The country has had world champions in various divisions over the years.
But unlike their soccer, rugby, cricket and athletic peers, boxers weren't recognised or celebrated with some even quitting the sport.
However, this will be a thing of the past with the current administration of Boxing South Africa serious about reviving the sport.
Ntambi Ravele, chairperson of Boxing South Africa said this about the awards: "The awards give us a platform to show off what we have in boxing but to also motivate up and coming boxers. Three times world champion, Hekkie Budler, former IBF junior bantamweight champion, Zolani Tete and Kevin Lerena are some of the boxers who have been nominated.
Getting a nomination in categories such as Boxer of the Year or Fight of the Year is an achievement in itself.
Trainer Colin Nathan, who has been nominated in the category of Trainer of the Year agrees.
Nominated trainer Colin Nathan spoke on these awards: "At the end of the day, people want recognition and I think this is the first step and I must commend BSA for bringing the awards.”
Manager of one of the boxers Benny Pelman says: "This is long overdue, boxing is back and the awards are back. I think it will motivate everybody to work harder."
The awards ceremony will be held at Durban's International Convention Centre on January 28.