DAR ES SALAAM: THE Tanzania Professional Boxing Regulatory Commission (TPBRC) has projected a successful 2024 for the boxing community saying they should expect a lot of events both domestic and international ones.
Briefing the ‘Daily News’ on Monday in Dar es Salaam, the commission’s Head of Information and Marketing, Israel Lugano said with the full support they get from the government, this year is also going to be remarkable in terms of achievements to be recorded.
“As TPBRC, we are always grateful for support we get from the government and whenever we have an event, they do not hesitate to give us a guiding hand on what we ought to do to produce meaningful results.
“In this regard, we appreciate their assistance and without doubt, the same good gesture will continue this year so that boxing, which is the second most loved sport after football should continue to grow,” he said.
Moreover, he pointed out that plans are in the pipeline to organise a workshop for professional boxers drawn from different parts of the country on the importance of branding themselves and how to win fans.
“This is one of the critical areas that we need them (professional boxers) to fully understand because when they brand themselves well, then it becomes easy for them to be marketable thereby attracting more fans to their events.
“We have many professional boxers but most of them are not aware of the importance of branding, as a boxing commission, we are going to give them tips on how they can easily achieve that,” Lugano noted.
He also seized the platform to remind boxers to always embrace discipline in their work since whatever they do has an impact on the communities where they live.
To promoters, he urged them to continue adhering to the available guidelines of professional boxing to uphold their credibility in this sport.
“We have our policies that must be respected by all boxing promoters as such, it is their responsibility to ensure that they do not go against them and this year, we hope that all of them will respect the existing regulations,” he said.
Also, he said this year, for the first time, the Tanzania Professional Boxing Awards will be conducted in June whereby key players in this sport will be acknowledged with awards for their contributions to scaling up boxing.