Back in March AKA revealed that he would be engaging in a boxing match with Cassper Nyovest and credited that as the reason why Cassper was on his case on social media during that period. And in a series of tweets (that have mostly since been deleted), AKA also shared that the two of them were in a process of signing a boxing deal with EFC & SuperSport for a September fight. Back in June, we got an update on the matter that pretty much confirmed that the match would go ahead after Cassper Nyovest confirmed the deal himself live on air during an interview with DJ Speedsta. Now there’s a possibility that we might not witness that match take place or at least anytime soon as reports have been coming of former boxing promoter, Andile Sidinile, wanting to stop boxing in SA to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Yesterday SowetanLive posted an article that explained how Andile Sidinile made a plea to not proceed with boxing activities. The plea came soon after the “regulatory body’s Gauteng Provincial manager Lehlogonolo Ramagole, ring official Ben Ncapayi and matchmaker Abbey Mnisi were inspecting gyms around KwaZulu-Natal to make sure that they meet the Covid-19 protocols before boxers can go back to training”. Although the Sports minister Nathi Mthethwa recently announced that both contact and non-contact sports can resume training under strict supervision, it seems Andile Sidinile is trying to convince the minister to not allow boxing to go ahead. Now as mentioned above, there’s a possibility that AKA vs Cassper Nyovest match will be affected by this should Mr. Sidinile’s pursuit favor him.
“You can’t allow boxing to resume because even at the gyms, chances of infections are galore. Boxers train in an enclosed environment compared to rugby or football where players train in an open field,” – Andile Sidnile