A FORMER boxing promoter has called on relevant boxing bodies to quickly appoint new office bearers for the Professional Boxing Control Board (PBCB).
The promoter and former member of the outgoing committee Patrick Mahivi said that since their term in office, the PBCB had expired in 2002 no new appointments have been made.
“Around August and September last year, there was an advertisement in the papers calling on for applications from people with sufficient knowledge in boxing to set up a new board but since then nothing has transpired.” he said.
Mahivi added there were groups showing interest in backing the sport financially and were willing to promote prizefights but the board was not in place.
Mahivi added that since the death of boxer (Joel Hayeu) after a professional bout staged in Port Moresby last year, professional boxing had stopped abruptly without much being done at the administrative level to properly regulate the sport.
“We have to give all opportunities to pro boxers to fight in the ring to improve their standard and continue the interest,” he added.
He said pro boxers had all the right to fight in the ring and advance PNG’s standard in the world.
“Pro boxing is not just a sport its a living, a career, so we should let fighters pursue their goals,” Mahivi said.