With Ed Pearson of Canada having complete his 2 year term of office DR PETER NGATANE of South Africa was elected by unanimous acclaim as the new CBC President to serve from 2013 to 2015. Dr Ngatane has a long association with boxing and was a former Chairman of Boxing South Africa, on whose behalf he has been a CBC Director of many years standing.
It is hoped that his election will encourage more of the talent from that country, particularly strong in the lower weight divisions, to challenge for Commonwealth Titles and join Andre Thysse and Tschifhiwa Munyai, currently the only Champions from South Africa since the dismantling of apartheid.
IBF World, and former Commonwealth, Supermiddleweight Champion Carl Froch was presented with the 2012 Dennie Mancini Trophy by British Boxing Board of Control Midlands Area Council member Bob Rice, on behalf of the CBC. Carl was unable to be present at the BBB of C Awards Dinner on 16h November to receive it then, due as he was to defend his IBF Title the following night, which he did successfully. Our Director David Roden arranged for his longtime friend and colleague Bob, who is also a friend of Carl, to present it personally at Carl’s home. (Pictures will be available to view on our website at www.commboxing.com, click on GALLERY).
The year ends with the formal recognition by the Commonwealth Secretariat of the Commonwealth Boxing Council, following the successful application made by the CBC to the Secretariat for acceptance as a ‘Civil Society Organization’, and the historic three Championship bill at London’s ExCel Arena on 15th December promoted by Frank Warren (see RESULTS).
2013 promises to start with a bang with eagerly awaited contests at Heavyweight between David Price and Tyson Fury, and at Superbantamweight between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg expected to take place by the end of March, both probably the most exciting matchings to be made at any weight in Britain right now.
The BBB of C has ordered a defence of the British Heavyweight Championship by David Price against Tyson Fury, and a defence of the British Superbantamweight Championship by Scott Quigg against Carl Framprton.
Unless terms are agreed via voluntary negotiation purse bids will be opened by the British Board on 9th January 2013.
Both Price’s and Frampton’s Commonwealth Titles will also be at stake and both contests will be counted as mandatory defences.
Following on from the reported controversy arising from Referee Ian John Lewis’ stoppage of Enzo Maccarinelli in his challenge against Ovill McKenzie last Friday 9th in Liverpool, the Commonwealth Boxing Council is currently awaiting a provisional report from the British Boxing Board of Control, and will consider whether or not any further action is necessary, when the Directors next meet at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London on 27th and 28th November.
Following his defeat by majority decision in a WBA International Championship contest against fellow Ghanaian Emmanuel Tagoe in Accra last Saturday 10th, the Commonwealth Lightweight Championship automatically becomes vacant in accordance with CBC Regulation 2.10.
The first match sanctioned by the CBC between 2 approved contenders, and in accordance with CBC Regulations, shall be recognized as being for the vacant Championship.
Shane Cameron of New Zealand having failed to defend the Title since it was won last year, and with an apparent commitment to box for an IBO 'World'Title, this Championship has been declared vacant.
The Champion was required to defend the Title by the end of September 2012, a deadline ordered by the CBC Directors following their last meeting in April.
The first matching, approved by the CBC and in accordance with CBC Rules will be recognized as being for the vacant Title.
A decision concerning the long overdue mandatory defence by Jamie Cox against Obodai Sai is anticipated within the next few days. The CBC may be faced with a choice of declaring the Title vacant or ordering a further purse offer bid.
The voluntary all-Scottish defence by Champion Lee McAllister against Eddie Doyle in Aberdeen, scheduled for tonight (19th October) is postponed due to an injury sustained by the Champion.
Purse bids will be put out for the mandatory defence by Kevin Satchell against Namibias Abmerk Shindjuu shortly, for opening on 27th November by the President.
Dennis Hobson, manager of Jamie McDonnell has confirmed to the CBC that he has relinquished the Bantamweight Championship in order to concentrate on his IBF World Title ambitions.
The winners of the forthcoming vacant Title match at bantam, and the voluntary defence at Superfeather (see Forthcoming Championships) will be required to waive 6 months defence period grace and defend as required by the CBC against the winner of the Final Eliminator in Accra on 11th November, and Final Eliminator winner Logan McGuinness of Canada respectively.
The Commonwealth Flyweight Championship will not be at stake in the British Championship contest contest taking place in Liverpool on 13th October between Champion Kevin Satchell and Chris Edwards. If Edwards is successful the Title will be declared vacant. If Satchell is successful the CBC Board of Directors will consider an appropriate course of action relevant to the mandatory contender status of Abmerk Shindjuu of Namibia.