TLB Boxing Promotions boss Joyce Kungwane has welcomed the decision by Boxing South Africa (BSA) to allow fans back at tournaments. 

The office of acting BSA director of operations Mncedisi Ngqumba sent out a statement on Monday evening indicating that fans are allowed back at tournaments for the first time since March last year. 

The statement said that a maximum of 750 fans are allowed at indoor venues and a maximum of 2000 at outdoor venues. 

“All tournaments must end no later than 23h00 to allow sufficient time for all participants, event personnel and Boxing SA officials to make it to their places of residence before the midnight curfew,” the statement further said. 

BSA also urged promoters to make sure that all other applicable requirements and protocols related to hosting events are observed including the wearing of masks, social distancing and sanitisation. 

“I’m very excited. This is great news and an early Christmas present for me, especially with the kind of bill we are preparing for November. It really needs spectators,” Kungwane, who has a tournament on Sunday, 28 November, said. 

Kungwane’s tournament will see the return of former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior-bantamweight and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) bantamweight titlist Zolani ‘Last Born’ Tete. 

Mdantsane-born Tete, who has not fought since losing to Filipino boxer Johnriel Casimero in November 2019, has a date with Jelbirt ‘Panther’ Gomera from the Philippines. 

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