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Professional boxing in Cape Town is dying a slow death. Three years ago the Mother City boasted several South African champions. Now it has none.
Three years ago Cape Town staged an average of 22 tournaments a year. This year it seems there will be fewer than eight.
All Cape trainers have seen the numbers in their gyms dwindling. Not enough fights means boxers do not earn a decent living and they seek alternative employment. The Cape trainers believe they have been "done in" by the SABC and SuperSport, the two main backers of professional boxing in SA.