former IBF/IBO world champion Gairy St Clair
By Paul Upham: Gairy “Superman” St Clair says he has never been treated so badly. The former IBF/IBO junior lightweight boxing world champion is scheduled to challenge Mlungisi Dlamini in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Friday night, but the fight is in jeopardy because of claims that the Guyana born Australian based boxer has been refused food after Thursday’s weigh-in.
“This is the worst I have ever been treated in any boxing promotion,” St Clair told SecondsOut. “They have me staying at accommodation in the middle of nowhere with no telephone or television. There is no food here and they won’t feed me. It is five hours after the weigh-in and I am still starving. This is a disgraceful way for any boxer to be treated.”
33 year-old St Clair 41-7-2 (18) is meant to be fighting 26 year-old Dlamini 18-0-1 (12) for his little known WBF lightweight title. The card is being promoted by Rob Promotions.
When St Clair spoke to SecondsOut late on Thursday night, he was unsure if the WBF title fight would go ahead.
“This has got to be stopped,” said St Clair. “How can they refuse to give you food? They are just trying to weaken me before the fight. I don’t know what will happen on Friday.”
Attempts to contact Rob Promotions for comment were unsuccessful.
Date November 14
Location Bloemfontein, South Africa
Mlungisi Dlamini vs. Gairy St. Clair - 12 rds, lightweight
Bongani Mwelase vs. Ali Nuumbembe - 12 rds, welterweight
Tshifhiwa Munyai vs. Bongani Mahlangu - 12 rds, bantamweight