Boxing should benefit from the popularity of ace Generations: The Legacy actor Vuyo Dabula.
Known as Gadaffi in the prominent SABC1 soapie, Dabula and his brother Siyolo Dabula have acquired a boxing promoter’s licence.

Their company – registered with Boxing SA – is known as Dabula Sports Productions.

It will operate from Standerton in Mpumalanga where Siyolo, a former professional boxer, is permanently based.

The brothers are originally from Mount Free in Transkei.

Siyolo grew up in Mpumalanga, while Dabula grew up in Mahikeng, North West, but is now based in Johannesburg.

The two have a close association with fistics as Dabula once appeared as a boxing champion in a TV advert years back.

He was among the stars who fought in celebrity exhibition bouts that paved the way for Boxing SA’s 2016 award ceremony in Durban in January. “I’ve been a fan of boxing all my life and I gotten into the ring once or twice before,” said Dabula.

Siyolo added: “I saw interest from many boxing people, even ordinary citizens, when Vuyo was involved in BSA’s awards. I then suggested to him that we start a promotion company. He was hesitant at first because he is a very busy guy but he later agreed. The advantage is that we love boxing with a passion.”

Siyolo said boxing was dead in Mpumalanga.

“That was the driving force behind the idea of starting a promotion company,” he said of the province that is home to some of great yesteryear boxers like Lawrence “Super Bad” Ngobeni and Anthony “Blue Jaguar” Tshehla.

“It is great that Vuyo and his brother are now promoters. This is what American giants in music Jay-Z and 50 Cent are doing now. They are boxing promoters. I am really excited,” said BSA chief executive Tsholofelo Lejaka.