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GLOBAL BOXING JUGGERNAUT ARRIVES

Isaac Pheko

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Botswana boxing is set to experience a seismic shift after international boxing promoter, Scott Patrick Farrell arrived in the country recently. A no nonsense businessman with a clear vision for his international boxing promotion, Global Boxing Stars, Farrell is adamant that he will take Botswana boxing to the next level.

Having conquered the Asian boxing market as the Chiefs Executive Officer of Ringstar Asia, Farrell has hit the ground in full sprint and set will up three high profile boxing promotions between September and early 2020. Already a rock star among the global boxing community, the British national has already rubbed shoulders with global power players like Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya and legendary promoter Bob Arum.

Coming across as an easy going and yet shrewd businessman, Farrell is adamant that he is not after fame as he is already a respected businessman and promoter on a global scale. The promoter, who frequently preaches the importance of hard work, said part of his vision is to discover raw talent in Botswana and help to usher in Botswana’s first world champion in the space of two years. Global Boxing Stars is already working with established boxing stars like the four-time Namibian boxing champion Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda who recently competed at a PBC international boxing showpiece in Las Vegas, USA.

Farrell’s suave business acumen has seen him snatch another big name to GBS after signing another Namibian super star Lucas ‘Desert Storm’ Sakaria who commands a perfect record of 22 win and 0 losses. The aptly named Desert Storm is expected to compete in the first show held by GBS at the Molapo Piazza in Gaborone. Farrell’s laser focused business acumen has helped him discover the richly fertile soil that is Botswana boxing. The International boxing promoter is just what the doctor ordered for the struggling and recently registered professional sport code in the country.

Farrell plans to turn Botswana boxing into a global player using the same business model that helped him leave a footprint of 500 million viewers across Asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia, and The Philippines. One of Farrell’s trump cards in the boxing game is his association with future boxing hall of famer and the only eight-time world champion Manny Pacquaio of the Philippines. Farrell has already co-promoted with the legendary Pacquiao in the Philippines and the dynamic duo are currently working on their next promotion in the pacific island nation. Currently, the promoter is working closely with Pacquiao’s influential match maker Sean Gibbons.

Gibbons is responsible for matching Pacquiao and his next foe Keith Thurman in Las Vegas welterweight showdown next month. In Botswana, Farrell, a former amateur boxing in his native Britain has already identified a roster of local young boxers he will be willing to sign in Botswana.

Part of Farrell’s plan is to work with local promoters, managers and trainers to nurture and groom local talent for bigger and better things. “The first show here in Botswana will be on September 7th at the Stanbic Piazza and it will feature former champions and undefeated contenders. I assure you, anyone that knows me is sure the fans will be excited by the world class promotion and ultimate boxing event experience,” Farrell said in an interview with Sun Sports this week.

Farrell who left Ringstar Asia recently said there were differences between him and the company shareholders. However, Farrell says he remains an international boxing promoter and plans to take Botswana boxing to international viewers. Meanwhile, Farrell said he has already met local sports authorities and promoters and thus far they have acknowledged his presence and received him warmly.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!

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In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy

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Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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