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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).

Berman runs the rule over 2018 and takes a run at the new year

Rodney Berman with SA boxing great and ex-Golden Gloves boxers Welcome Ncita and Brian MItchell.

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