In my career in boxing, I have been all over the
world, been involved with some of the greatest fighters ever, visited exotic
destinations, but I have also been to nursery shows in some of the most poverty
stricken townships in the world. One common factor remains constant –
that of the passion of the boxing supporter.
On 1 August this year, our former world heavyweight
champion, Francois ‘The White Buffalo’ Botha did what too few boxers do – that
is to give back to the sport.
Botha, although still very much involved
with fighting and hoping to soon win back his WBFed world heavyweight title,
acted in a new capacity as a promoter putting on his very first show in the
small black township of Lwandle, approximately 50 miles outside Cape
Town. Botha staged his show without sponsors and without television but
wanted to give the fight starved fans in Lwandle the opportunity of seeing
Certainly charisma draws the crowd and it was not surprising
that ‘The White Buffalo’ filled his hall to capacity in a show which produced
some exceptional fights. The main fight of the afternoon show the rugged
Roland Francis and Congolese Alex Mabaya going toe to toe for ten rounds in a
WBFed All Africa cruiserweight title.
A big congratulations to Francois Botha and his White
Buffalo Promotions team for a fantastic job. The show lifted the township
into an African atmosphere of dance and vibe, of course one should not forget
the famous Vuvuzelas which were blown nonstop during the show.
The World Boxing Federation continues to move rapidly
with more and more championship fights taking place, and many more scheduled
for the next few months. The doors have opened in Mexico, and this has
been followed by Korea, China and Colombia.
A word of congratulations to our new Executive
Director, Olaf Schroder from Germany who continues to ensure that the
administrative side of our organization runs smoothly.
Until next time, keep boxing.
PRESIDENT: World Boxing