The legacy of the first South African boxer to fight in a multiracial bout at home during the height of apartheid mirrors that of his province. Once boxing royalty, they are now not even an afterthought.
The highly debated new tournament is dividing England much like Brexit, exposing the class struggle in the country. Its launch in July will quickly reveal if the short format is able to draw in new fans.
The noble sport has a chequered past, littered with the dark forces that have bankrolled it before. But even with that past, staging a fight in Saudi Arabia with its human rights violations was a new low.