10 MAY 2019 ‘YOUNG GUNS’

The next exciting tournament live on Supersport’s World of Champions at Emperors Palace:

“Young Guns” on 10 May, featuring –

  • Boyd Allen vs Brandon Thysse
  • Keaton Gomes vs TBA
  • Ricardo Malijika vs Arnel Lubisi
  • “Razor” Rourke Knapp vs TBA
  • Tristan Truter vs Sheldon Schultz
  • Thulane Mdluli vs Aidan Quin


‘NO MERCY’ Lerena absolutely awesome!

No Mercy

The Venue: A Palace. Emperors Palace

The Participants: Gladiators of the modern kind

The Main battle: Kevin Lerena vs. Artur Mann,

The fans were thoroughly entertained, the Lerena fight going beyond expectations.  It was simply Superb. The IBO Cruiserweight Crown never changed hands and it never looked like it was going to either. Kevin “Two Guns” Lerena, had his Mann (no pun intended) worked out and defended his title in scintillating fashion with the Ref calling it off at 2:37 into the 4th round.

Two knockdowns and the Challenger had had enough. Lerena was well prepared, Peter Smith did a fantastic job getting him ready and that after shoulder surgery and a 9 month layoff was impressive. No ring rust, just a focused, more powerful, KO kid I might add.

Speed, power and pin point accuracy saw Lerena make light work of Artur Mann, who it must be said was in shape and looked very confident coming into the fight. In fact most fans gave him a very close 1st round which silenced the full house crowd at Emperor’s. The 2nd and 3rd rounds belonged to Lerena as he fired off combinations and some cracking body shots that troubled Mann late in the 3rd.

The 4th started at a fast pace and Lerena decided to pressure the German challenger, who tasted the full might of the Two Guns’ Bazooka. A right hook to the Head was the final shot that finished the fight; he could not and would not carry on. The first knockdown coming from a neat combination that caught Artur Mann coming in.

A brilliant win for Lerena.  And with Usyk almost certain to move up to Heavyweight we will almost certainly see Lerena in a unification fight and it will be justly deserved.

An unusual attendance at boxing is three Hall of Famers namely Wilfried Sauerland, Stan Chrostodolou and Brian Mitchell – 3 boxing legends in attendance and rightfully so. 

The Undercard  – Roarke Knapp was incredibly impressive and lived up to expectation by stopping Thembani Mhlanga in the 2nd round of a slated 8. He was just too slick, has a wonderful jab and although the smaller man in this fight, he has very good power in his left hand. Knapp moves his record to (7-0-1, 6KO’s)

Frank Rodrigues vs. Michael Markram was always going to be a close fight and did not disappoint, action packed and both boxers had to dig deep as it was a grueling, tough fight that Rodrigues took control of by getting inside of Markram and he got the win on all 3 Judges Cards. Rodrigues moves to (6-1-0, 4KO’s). He looked a bit flabby at light heavy. Hopefully he gets down to Super middle

A fight most fans were thinking was going to be an easy win for Boyd Allen turned out to be a proper test of his courage and conditioning. This barn burner went into the 1tth round before John Bopape sank to his hands and knees after a nice uppercut. A delayed reaction to a super punch had Bopape telling the ref no more, and Allen is the WBA Pan African Champion after only 3 fights.

Keaton Gomes made it a tough night for himself but can hardly be blamed for that. Faradji Said came to survive and only for the fact that he has a very good chin and kept on holding did he manage to go the 8 rounds. Said had no intentions of winning this fight, he felt Gomes’s power early on and knew he was in for a tough night. This was so one sided that all 3 judges had it 80-71.  Nice to see Keaton bank some tough rounds as his first 4 fights did not go the distance.

In 2 other fights on the undercard, Xhek Paskali and Alex Kabangu fought to a draw over 4 rounds.

Gift Bholo took on Timo Schwarzkopf in a welterweight contest which Gift won by majority decision.  Although the fight was awarded to Gift there was general unhappiness at very poor judgment and his camp have petitioned for an immediate reversal of what the general consensus is, a very bad decision. Report by

David Friend



Fight Week’ Artur Mann is in town.

Whilst the main focus on Saturday night is the much anticipated Cruiserweight brawl, the jury will be out re our much vaunted Future Stars, in particular Keaton Gomes, “Razor” Ruarke Knapp, and Boyd Allen.


And what a big night it will be for Vusi Motolo, who is in charge of both Allen and Knapp, the latter making his much awaited debut for Golden Gloves.


Fans, this is Fight week!


Mann gave a public work out at the Booysens Gym today, and those who saw him warn of a real challenge to Lerena’s crown!


Don’t miss the pre-fight medical at the Palace of Dreams on Tuesday 12 March when Lerena and Mann come face to face for the first time, and then the weigh- in on Friday.


Roll on Saturday night!


Top trainer joins Golden Gloves Promotions

One of the best trainers renown for unearthing raw talent Mzamo “ Chief” Njekanye has joined Golden Gloves Promotion.
Njekanye is renowned for his sterling work to develop boxing talent in the Eastern Cape specifically in Duncan Village known as the home of former GGP-promoted world champion Mbulelo Botile.
His passion of working with youngsters saw him produce Xolisani “ Nomeva” Ndongeni and followed that up with another boxing gem in Azinga Fuzile who is taking local boxing by storm.
Both boxers left to join other well known stables after brief appearances in GGP shows when they were still with Njekanye.
Now GGP boss Rodney Berman has decided to reward Njekanye by letting him produce the boxing talent for the promotion.
“We are excited about Chief because he is one of the best trainers to unearth talent,” Berman says.
The partnership between Berman and Njekanye promises to unleash a boxing bloom in the Eastern Cape reminiscent of the former’s relations with the province when the likes of Welcome Ncita, Vuyani Bungu and Botile were produced.
“To work directly with a world class promoter like Mr Berman will let me concentrate on doing what I do best and that is to unearth talent,” Njekanye says.
“Finally I will see the fruit of my labour as my products will go directly to GGP and ultimately to the world scene.”

Three Hall-of-Famers at Ringside

“No Mercy” on 16 March will boast 3 Hall-of-Famers at ringside including South Africans’ Brian Mitchell and Stanley Christodoulou, as well as the German Promoter Wilfred Sauerland.

Whilst the latter is attending primarily for Artur Mann, both he and son Nisse (both of whom will be at ringside) will discuss the Mbenge defence in Germany on 4 May, as well as the future fights for Kevin Lerena in Europe where the Cruiserweight Division is so buoyant -and where countless challengers await Lerena should he defeat Mann.