March D-Day for Tommy title bid

Tommy Oosthuizen KAT_3598 FBSuggestions that Juergen Braehmer was running scared of Tommy Oosthuizen appear to have been wide of the mark.

This appears to be the case after Rodney Berman returned from the WBA Convention in Panama with word that the WBA “regular” champion will defend his light-heavyweight belt against the South African in Germany on March 12. Continue reading

Fresh, bold new look for 2016

website-constructionWelcome to the all-new Golden Gloves website.

We’ve re-jigged the site for a fresher, more contemporary look and introduced a few changes.

One of the major things you’ll notice is that there is no longer a comments section. Given how Golden Gloves has integrated its media platforms (website, Twitter and Facebook), it makes more sense for users to comment on Facebook where much of the website content will be replicated, often in a different form or via links. Continue reading

Bullish Berman does his bidding



Rodney Berman with old friends Gennady Golovkin, the world’s most exciting fighter, and top promoter Tom Loeffler at the WBA Convention this week.

Wednesday was a profitable day for Golden Gloves as CEO Rodney Berman addressed the ratings committee at the WBA Convention in Panama.

As promised, he petitioned the head honchos to award super champion status on Budler in light of his excellence in dominating the strawweight division. He also asked that fellow South African Simphiwe Khonco be mandated to fight for the interim title if indeed Budler is elevated. Continue reading

Meeting ‘Manos de Piedra’


Amazing that the last time we were together, Roberto Duran and I were in the presence of Madiba (Duran was in SA for his 113th fight, against Dave Radford, in 1997). Fantastic to see him here at the WBA Convention in Panama, his home country.

Budler’s best in fighting year

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Hekkie Budler is Rodney Berman’s SA Fighter of the Year.

The most powerful man in local boxing opted for the world champion on the basis of two outstanding fights in 2015, the first when he dominated tough Jesus Silvestre in Monte Carlo, followed by a powerful showing against Simphiwe Khonco.

“He dug deep in both fights and showed the class of a champion,” opined Berman, who could also reflect on his stable’s top dog cracking the No 1 ranking of Ring magazine. Continue reading


Battered Rand shakes local boxing


The Rand might have been ripped to pieces by recent political events, but Golden Gloves’ Rodney Berman insists that South Africa’s fighters won’t be prejudiced.

For most tournaments, Berman trades in Dollars with international boxers, an ever-increasing calamity given the local currency’s dramatic freefall. This means Golden Gloves must shell out even more cash, made harder by the squeeze on the local economy.

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