The BRD Promotions tournament, dubbed the “Redemption Day” at Booysens Boxing Club in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon, will continue despite the fact that it is shrouded in controversy over a personal dispute over the status of the main bout.
Fans of the popular former IBO super-lightweight champion (junior welterweight) Ludum “9mm” Lamati (18-0-1- 10 knockouts) will be happy to see him back between the ropes for the first time since June 2021, when he faces experienced Tanzanian Haidari Mchangjo (16 -9-5-6 braids) in an international 10-round match.
Lomati, who hails from the Eastern Cape but holds training camps in Johannesburg, recently relinquished his IBO title, receiving a decision by a majority of points over tough Mexican Jose Martin Estrada Garcia in an epic fight last June.
The winner will be presented with a trophy belt, the “Ubuntu” belt of South Africa, which will not be defended but has the blessing of the World Boxing Council (WBC), and the promoter will not pay any sanction fees.
The authoritative sanctions body (WBC), which opened a South African office in Johannesburg earlier this year under the leadership of Larry Weinstein and Alan Norman, has been embroiled in a tough dispute with the African Boxing Union’s Dr. Peter Ngatane (ABU) over tour status. .
Earlier this week, WBC SA received a blessing from WBC President Mauricio Suleiman for a new trophy belt through a personally signed letter, but it was approved by a tweet on their official Twitter account @WBCBoxing on Thursday.
It read: “The WBC presents the ‘Ubuntu’ belt of South Africa, a humanitarian trophy for the recognition of Lamati against Mchanjo.”
The ABU is listed as an affiliate of the WBC, but claims to be the official division of the WBC on the continent, and hostility may continue to prevail.
For the 29-year-old Lamati, who broke up with his previous promoters in January and is now led by Larry Weinstein, it may be a small pity for the 29-year-old Lamati, but he is confident there is no such thing as a fight to “engage”.
His opponent from Tanzania is only 23 years old, but he already has a resume of 30 fights, ”he was active and clearly smart.
“I don’t watch records. Every man who enters the ring should be taken seriously. I never perceive someone so easily. I know he is a quick smuggler and can let go, ”Lamati said.
Lomati, coached by Fumzile Motihila, remains in 9th place in the WBC rankings and has always preferred to perform in the ring rather than make bold predictions.
But there will be no thoughts about the rust of the ring. He cannot afford to be qualified as “inactive” if he intends to raise the rating ladder in major sanctions bodies.
The tournament will start at 14:00 with a full undercard and will be broadcast live on Vision View TV.