Veteran boxing administrator Willow Kemoeng has confirmed that they have now registered the Professional Boxing Commission that will recruit amateur boxers into a professional setup immediately when they are done with their amateur reign. He said this has been long overdue considering the fact that amateur boxing has been in the country since 1975. Many locals have been crossing over to South Africa to pursue their professional boxing dreams.
“There has always been a need to have a pro boxing commission, the idea was inevitable and it has been long overdue,” Kemoeng said. He said that they gathered themselves together as boxing administrators and former coaches to make sure that this comes to reality. He said this came at a right time after Botswana National Sports Council has turned the corner to be a Commission.
He said as a Commission, the BNSC provides for a professional setup of sport. He urged amateur boxers and former amateur boxers to know that now there is something that can help relive their dream of living off from the sport that they love the most. “A lot of boxers haven’t been doing anything so this is their chance,” he said. Kemoeng said that they will soon register with the International Boxing Federation (IBF), Commonwealth Sports Council and others.
He said with these affiliations they will then be able to manage and run boxing in a professional setup with regard to promoters, referees and judges who will have to register under them. He said they will have a constitution that will regulate the professional setup. Kemoeng said measures will be put in place to motivate the spread of stables around the country. He revealed that they have already had their first meeting. He said that in a few weeks’ time they will convene another meeting to strategise further and complete the affiliate registration. An office will be setup in Gaborone with a complete secretariat head by a CEO. He said they have benchmarked in countries like Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa who have ample experience on professional boxing. He said the model that they have adopted now is that of Tanzania because it is the one that has been in professional boxing the longest. They will also work with South Africa closely since that is where most of the local athletes turned pro. “This has opened opportunities for athletes who want to be professional. Now the amateur will go to paid ranks and these are very exciting times for Botswana boxing,” he said. Local professional boxer Ryan “The Eclipse” Seakolo, who had a stunning professional career in South Africa, applauded this as a great move since now they can see themselves going through paid ranks through the affiliation with world bodies which will mean more money. He said this will also enable them to have a lot of fights being staged at home.