This is a really surprising, but good news.
See in Europe boxing is a big social event since about 10 years or so. Before that it was a doggy niche sport for people involved in doggy businesses. This has changed big time. If you go to a boxing event you will see the Who is Who, lots of celebreties and all are having a good time in top venues. They can fill easily a hall with 25.000 fans.
So I was positively surprised when I got the below news…
(Yes, it is a Press release, but really worth to read it):
BOXING MAKES A COME BACK IN THE CITY
The status of boxing as both a competitive and spectator sport is set to make a come-back in Cape Town with the staging of a high-profile public tournament at the historic ‘The Rotunda’ in Camp’s Bay on 10 September.
The tournament will feature a total of 10 matches, comprising both amateur and professional bouts, with the main event billed as a national heavyweight contest between Cape Town’s Nkosana Sobethu and Raymond Bloem from Gauteng.
Throwing his weight behind the event is prominent local businessman Andrew Sturrock, Managing Director of sponsoring company Sturrock Shipping and himself a keen amateur boxer. The event itself is being organised by promoter and ex IBF Continental Champion Commando Kalekuzim who also owns and operates one of the City’s growing number of boxing gyms.
According to Sturrock, the Western Cape lags behind other provinces in terms of interest in the sport, with the Eastern Cape traditionally regarded as the home of South African boxing and Gauteng leading the way with regard to commercial tournaments. Nevertheless, he believes that there is a resurgence of interest in boxing within the Western Cape, in line with international trends.
“Following its renaissance in New York a decade or so ago, boxing is increasingly attracting more and more followers around the world. So-called ‘blood sports’ draw crowds from across the spectrum and today, in a place like Las Vegas, boxing tournaments enjoy capacity audiences which include celebrities, politicians and businessmen.
“In Cape Town, The Rotunda was specifically chosen as the venue for the tournament on 10 September in order to make the event accessible to a wider range of local boxing enthusiasts. Interestingly, the venue was frequently host to boxing matches in the early part of the twentieth century, following the construction of The Rotunda in 1904,” he says.
Sturrock will himself be climbing into the ring on 10 September as a contestant in one of the amateur supporting bouts. He explains that his interest in the sport began merely as an alternative to ‘plain old gym’ but that he was increasingly attracted to the combination of instinct and momentum as well as the opportunity to experience a more complete blend of Capetonians from all walks of life.
“Competing is about keeping up the momentum in spite of business, travel and family pressures as well as putting oneself to the ultimate test of fighting – can I or can’t I?”
For Sturrock Shipping, which has a sub-Saharan African footprint, the sport provides a marketing opportunity not only in the Western Cape and at the national level, but also in many of the neighbouring countries where the company has a presence and where boxing enjoys significant grass-roots support.
“In time the intention is to arrange inter-country competitions, raising our own profile in each country while ensuring the continual development of the sport on the continent as a whole,” explains Sturrock.
The tournament at The Rotunda at The Bay Hotel in Camp’s Bay takes place on 10 September between 18h30 and 23h30, and tickets can be purchased at a cost of R100 (general tickets) or R150 (VIP tickets) by contacting Vanessa on 021 405 8200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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So what do you think? Will we see you there? I will go and will have a good time.
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