February 24: Emperors Palace – SA super-middleweight title: Rowan Campbell v Yanya Phetani (12 rds); WBA Pan African junior-welterweight title: Xolani Mcotheli v Jabulani Makhense (12 rds); IBF All-Africa junior-welterweight title: Clement Kamanga v Marios Matamba (10 rds); Middleweight: Karabo Mokupi v Dowayne Combrink (6 rds); Junior-bantamweight: Andile Cindy v Ricardo Malajika (6 rds); Junior-middleweight: Siphiwe Ntombela v Tristan Truter (4 rds).
March 16: Emperors Palace – IBO cruiserweight title: Kevin Lerena v Artur Mann (12 rds); WBA Pan-African junior-middleweight title: John Bopape v Boyd Allen (12 rds); Gauteng light-heavyweight title: Frank Rodriguez v Michael Markram (10 rds); Middleweight: Thembani Mhlanga v Roarke Knapp (8 rds); Cruiserweight: Keaton Gomes v Faradji Said (8 rds).
Back to working out after a fraught 2018 blighted by injury, a rehabilitated Kevin “Two Guns” Lerena has been given a date – and an opponent – for his comeback bout. Continue reading
Kevin ‘Two Guns’ Lerena, the IBO champion, returned to the boxing gym for the first time in six months following shoulder surgery in mid-2018. Continue reading
South African boxing fans are in for a rare treat on New Year’s Eve with not one but two world title bouts involving SA world champions, live from Macau. Continue reading
You signed off the year with an outstanding show on Saturday. Congratulations. What were your other highlights of the past year?
‘It must be all the young talent coming through. Having said that, fighters like Thulani Mbenge have proven they can be a force and Kevin Lerena continues to astound me. I’m not saying Kevin beats them all, but he can compete with anyone in the cruiserweight division. Thabiso Mchunu has also come back nicely, so he and Kevin are nicely on the scene. It was also encouraging to see a war horse like Walter Dlamini winning a national title.
‘I’ve also taken great pride in the success of our young trainers, guys like Colin Nathan, the Smith brothers, Anton Gilmore, Alan Toweel and Vusi Mtolo. Our boxers flourish off the hard work of these trainers.’ Continue reading
by Ron Jackson
Deon Dwarte has acted as a referee and judge in more than 1100 fights since he first stepped in as a judge in 1998 and has a strong claim as the best boxing official in South Africa. Continue reading
Rowan Campbell will start the Golden Gloves boxing year when he tops the “Battle Stations” fight card at Emperors Palace on February 24. Continue reading
Canelo Alvarez, by consensus among the three best boxers in the world, steps up for a fresh challenge this weekend when he attempts to win a championship in a higher division. Continue reading