BSA to probe Sidinile’s new role

2017-09-29 11:31

Boxing SA (BSA) will investigate Eastern Cape promoter Andile Sidinile’s involvement in a deal to have Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni pursue his boxing career in the US.

Sidinile, of Sijuta Boxing Promotions, had his boxing licence suspended in February after he failed to pay the R552 000 purse money owed to three boxers who fought in his tournament at the Orient Theatre in East London in April last year.

They are Ndongeni, Simpiwe “V12” Vetyeka and Luzuko Siyo.

Nomeva did not receive his R100 000 for his 10-round lightweight scrap against Tanzanian Emilio Norfat on the same card.

V12 did not get the R300 000 due to him for his featherweight nontitle bout against Japan’s Tsuyoshi Tameda.

Siyo was not paid R152 000 for the mini flyweight non-championship clash with Yohei Tobe, who is also from Japan.

But BSA came to the boxers’ rescue by settling their purses on behalf of Sidinile, with the impresario having to reimburse the organisation.

However, he failed to pay back the money, resulting in his licence being revoked.

But it has been reported that he is involved as a consultant of the newly formed Mecca Boxing Promotions, which is working on getting Nomeva action in the US.

The promoting body has forged working relations with ANC politician Mathews Phosa.

“BSA will investigate Mr Sidinile’s role in the company. As far as the BSA is concerned, he cannot promote any fights because he is suspended,” said BSA chief Tsholofelo Lejaka.

But Lejaka did not indicate when the probe would commence.

Sidinile confirmed that he took Nomeva to the US, but denied being a consultant for the boxing promotor.

“I was just helping to take Nomeva overseas. I took him to Las Vegas because I know the exact people he was going to meet there,” said Sidinile.

On BSA investigating his new role, he said: “They can go ahead if they want to investigate me. I haven’t done anything wrong.”

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