SA hopes to take boxing back to glory days

File: The department of Sport and Recreation is working hand-in-hand with Boxing South Africa to make the sport more attractive and hope to secure television rights. Photo: AFP / ANTHONY WALLACE

JOHANNESBURG -- Government is concerned that South Africa is failing to unearth top boxers who are able to represent the country at the Olympics.

A proposal has now been tabled to change the age limit of turning professional.

For the past few years, the sport has failed to be regarded as a main stream code.

It has been a while for the country to replicate Boxing greats of the past like Dingaan Thobela, Brian Mitchell, Baby Jake Matlala, Vuyani Bungu, Gerrie Coetzee and Corrie Sanders to name a few.

This week,Boxing South Africa presented their plans to grow the sport to Parliament and a major concern is the lack of amateur boxers who fight under the SANABU banner to go on and qualify for the Olympics.

The Department of Sport and Recreation is determined to restore Boxing to its former glory days.

Among key plans to improve the Sport, is changing the age limit of turning Professional.

The proposal is for Boxers to turn Pro at the age of 24.

The department is working hand-in-hand with Boxing South Africa to make the sport more attractive and hope to secure television rights.

With the Rio Olympics looming, the department hopes that their plans will help unearth medal contenders at the 2020 games in Tokyo.

Contributor - Tshepo Thobane

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