Proof that boxing looks after its own will be evident this weekend when Golden Gloves hosts an auction to help raise money for the family of slain boxer Herbert Nkabiti.
Nkabiti died in April from injuries sustained in the ring, leaving behind a wife and a six-month-old child.
“His family will be ringside and we will honour Herbert’s memory,” said promoter Rodney Berman, who hosts a major tournament at Emperors Palace on Saturday.
There is no reserve price on the auction item – a framed and signed action photo of Muhammad Ali against Sonny Liston – but Golden Gloves has underwritten a R20 000 guarantee.
What’s more, a LA Lakers jersey signed by basketball great Kobe Bryant will also be up for auction with proceeds going to the Botswanan’s family. This was donated by MSC Sports.
“I feel desperately sorry for his family and this will hopefully help alleviate some of their difficulties,” Berman added. “Boxing’s fans are big-hearted, so I’m hopeful we’ll raise good cash.”