Thuso 'Scud' Khubamang, the director of Scud Missile Promotion told Mmegi Sport this week that he approached the council for assistance after facing multiple challenges that twice forced the postponement of the bout between Lesley Sekotswe and Chilean Miguel Gonzalez.
Khubamang said he hoped with assistance from the BNSC, they would finally succeed in staging the bout. The fight, announced late last year prior to WBF president's visit to Botswana was initially scheduled for May 25. It was later pushed further to later this year with the promoter saying they were unable to source enough funds for the fight.
He said they realised that the initial date was too early and could not raise enough money to meet the budget. Khubamang had then said they had engaged a local marketing company to market the fight again with a view of attracting more sponsors.
He said the budget for the bout was over P1 million and it was a challenge for them to raise the amount without sponsors. The other reason given for the postponement was TV rights negotiations as the promoter was still in talks with broadcasters to televise the fight live.
BNSC business development manager, Thato Kgosimore acknowledged that they have agreed to assist the promoters to organise the fight. He said though they are still at elementary stages of the task, they hope to assist the Local Controlling Body (LCB)) to meet all the requirements needed by the WBF to stage a bout of that magnitude. "We will be helping them, but we are still at the early stages right now. We are just trying to get the LCB on board and see what we can do going forward," Kgosimore said.
He said the BNSC encourages what the promoters have been trying to do in raising the standard of professional boxing in the country.
He said the promoter had made several attempts to organise the bout, but encountered several challenges along the way, hence the BNSC had to step in. Though he would not state that they have received any formal request, BNSC CEO Percy Raditladi said they do encourage such events because a world boxing title bout is an impetus to sport development and sports tourism.
Responding to questions from Mmegi Sport, Raditladi said the BNSC can only offer assistance through the LCB, whose main function is to sanction professional bouts in Botswana.
He pointed out that their affiliate is the Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA), which will always update them on matters pertaining to boxing in the country.
"At this point we have not received any official communication on the matter," he said. He said even if they help in staging the fight, their role would only be advisory.