Ali Funeka retires

Date: May 10, 2019

Veteran Eastern Cape boxer Ali 'Rush Hour' Funeka retires from boxing

Veteran Eastern Cape boxer Ali "Rush Hour" Funeka has finally retired from boxing.

The 41-year-old former SA junior lightweight‚ WBC International lightweight‚ WBF junior welterweight‚ IBO and WBO Africa welterweight titlist confirmed on social media that he's walking away from the sport.

That was after he suffered a short-route stoppage to four-fight novice Abass Barou in Germany last week.

That loss was Funeka's 11th against 40 wins with 32 knockouts and three draws.

Funeka from Mdantsane had been in the professional fight game for 24 years.

In a very long statement‚ he wrote:

"I turned pro in 1995 and I've been at it ever since. Had my fair share of highs and lows. I have achieved what God wanted me to achieve.

"At times I have won convincingly but judges saw it otherwise. Sometimes lost fair and square."

Funeka changed his tone and seemed to suggest that the decision was not entirely his.

"For a while now the ones in power have had a problem with me‚" he said.

"I cannot remember the last time I went into a fight with a peaceful mind‚ focused in fight mode.

"Ibakhona nje imfazwe endikuyo (there will be some war) before the actual fight‚" he said‚ putting some of the blame on Boxing South Africa's (BSA) sanctioning committee.

If it is not the CAT scan it is the MRI‚ unfortunately for me all this is required last minute after I have submitted my blood test and everything else in time."

Funeka said that is why in July 2018 he left to fight outside South Africa without a clearance from Boxing SA.

"Preparing for a fight is no longer exciting. Yitorture (it's torture)‚" he wrote.

"Hleli umincile (you are always worried) - the worry of wondering will you get this clearance/not. What else will they want to say?

He said after he defeated newcomer Uyanda Nogogo in March‚ he got an opportunity to fight in Germany.

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