Tough nut for Ryno to crack

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Ryno Liebenberg, right, who is never in a dull fight. Pic: N-Squared.

In a fascinating clash set for April, South Africa’s Ryno Liebenberg will fight world-rated Erik Skoglund of Sweden.

Golden Gloves and Sauerland Promotions have agreed to provisional terms and the contract is expected to be signed in coming days. Continue reading

Early advantage to Russian welter



Team Kamanga.

It’s just as well that Paul Kamanga is a committed fighter.

He will have to be because Russia’s Roman Belaev (15-1) is coming to South Africa to do a job on the 22-year-old.

The Russian informed Golden Gloves at the weekend that he intends arriving in SA fully 10 days before the March 19 fight at Emperors Palace, with his own sparring partner in tow. Continue reading

Shattered Volbrecht: ‘I’m done with Tommy’



In happier days: Harold Volbrecht and Tommy Oosthuizen.

Veteran boxing trainer Harold Volbrecht has lifted the lid on Tommy Oosthuizen’s tawdry behaviour and says he is done for good with the wayward boxer.

Last week, promoter Rodney Berman was forced to pull the plug on the fighter’s world title bout in Germany on account of him hitting the skids yet again. It’s the latest in a catalogue of disasters surrounding Oosthuizen, with Volbrecht describing it as “a nightmare”. Continue reading

‘Tommy’s finished as a fighter’ – furious Berman

_DSC0030Tommy Oosthuizen’s demons have caught up with him again.

The unbeaten boxer and his manager have informed Rodney Berman that he is in no condition to challenge WBA light-heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer in Germany in March, forcing the cancellation of the big fight.

Oosthuizen’s drugs and alcohol relapse comes as a devastating blow to Golden Gloves, but is hardly a surprise given his actions in the past. He’s dropped out of fights previously and gone walkabout from Harold Volbrecht’s gym. He’s every inch the “bad boy” of SA boxing, a tag that will stick given this devastating turn of events. Continue reading

Box 13

The boxing lowdown from world champ Hekkie Budler

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Hekkie Budler, right, inspired and in charge. Pic: N-Squared.

Hekkie, always a great pleasure catching up with you, even more so now that you are a WBA Super champion. Congratulations. How did it feel receiving that honour the other day?
‘It’s just a massive honour and a great feeling. I can’t explain it. Only a select few become Super champions.’

Your next fight is against Byron Rojas of Nicaragua at Emperors Palace in March. How does he shape up as an opponent?
‘I expect a hard fight. He’s good, capable, and has reach over me. He’s a solid counter-puncher. It won’t be easy pickings.’ Continue reading

Hop, skip and jump to family boxing day


The great Willie Toweel, one of the best exponents of skipping in SA boxing history.

Promoters Rodney Berman and Jeff Ellis are going full-out to ensure Prospects at the Palace in two weeks is a family affair.

Boxing fans can not only look forward to 10 four-rounders featuring some of the country’s best talent. “Family” will be the theme of the day with a jumping castle plus hot dogs and popcorn for the little ones, who won’t have to pay to attend the tournament if they are under-12. Continue reading

‘Tommy Gun’ gets WBA title shot


Tommy Oosthuizen gets his long-awaited WBA title shot on March 12. Pic: N-Squared.

In announcing Tommy Oosthuizen’s world title bout against Juergen Braehmer on March 12, promoter Rodney Berman called it the “fight of his life” today.

Braehmer (47-2, 35 KOs) will defend his WBA world light-heavyweight title against “Tommy Gun” (25-0-2, 14 KOs) on March 12 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.

The bout was originally scheduled to take place last November in Monaco before a hand injury suffered by Braehmer forced the fight’s postponement. Now, fully fit, the reigning champion is relishing a return to Neubrandenburg, where he claimed the WBA world title back in 2013. Continue reading