Big NY fight live on SuperSport

Crawford-vs.-LundyIn modern boxing, it’s not good enough to be merely outstanding. You must be popular too.

This is the position WBO super-lightweight champion Terence Crawford finds himself in. He is one of the best fighters in the sport, but he remains little-known beyond boxing’s hard-core followers.

That could change this weekend when he steps out of his Omaha stronghold to fight Hank Lundy at Madison Square Garden. Continue reading

Open day proves a success, again

IMG_3129Everyone who is anyone in Joburg boxing was at the Golden Gloves open day held at the HotBox gym on Wednesday ahead of the “Supercharged” tournament at Emperors Palace next month.

And in a surprise twist, highly regarded Simphiwe Khonco was officially welcomed to his new home, having recently signed with trainer Colin Nathan. Continue reading

Nomeva back April 1, no jokes

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Team for the top – Xolisani Ndongeni and trainer Colin Nathan. Pic: Nick Lourens

IBO lightweight champion Xolisani Ndongeni will make his much-awaited return to the ring on April 1.

The unbeaten boxer (20-0) will fight on a Sijuta Promotions bill in East London where he ranks as one of the biggest local stars.

Nomeva’s last fight was in November when he stopped wily Jasper Seroka. Continue reading

Khonco teams up with HotBox

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Rivals turned stablemates: Simphiwe Khonco and world champion Hekkie Budler. Pic: Nick Lourens

In a major coup for Colin Nathan, top boxer Simphiwe Khonco has joined his HotBox gym.

Just a few months ago Nathan was plotting to beat the Eastern Cape talent; now he’s joined forces with him for an assault on the world title.

Last September, Nathan’s star pupil, Hekkie Budler, beat Khonco in a rousing fight for the WBA and IBO titles. Khonco was outstanding in that and although Budler prevailed, he acknowledged his rival for his outstanding performance. Continue reading

Bedeman picks Fourie to beat Joubert

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Grant Fourie, left, and Warren Joubert go toe-to-toe in their first bout.

Jason Bedeman, who has fought both Grant Fourie and Warren Joubert, is picking Fourie to do the double when he fights Joubert in their rematch on March 19.

“I’d love a rematch with either,” said Bedeman, who is just 26. “When I fought Grant he was a much better boxer. Warren was very lucky against me. He doesn’t hit hard . . . Grant has nothing to worry about. I reckon Grant wins it, hands down.” Continue reading

Boxing open day – all welcome!

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Standing room only at the last HotBox open day.

Given the ever-popular open days at HotBox gym, another such event will take place at the Glenhazel venue next Wednesday, February 24.

Starting at noon, the boxers on the March 19 fight card, “Supercharged” at Emperors Palace, will enjoy a light workout and also mingle with members of the media and the public. Continue reading

10 questions with bullish Berman

RODNEYIt’s been a busy time. Thanks for the opportunity to get the low-down on the boxing scene.

I’m sure local boxing is feeling the squeeze of the economy, especially with our currency in freefall. How do you see it?
“The pressures are enormous. Despite that, Golden Gloves is determined not to compromise on entertainment value and the level of fights. We have to be innovative and appeal to different sponsors, among other things. Thankfully there’s an international market for guys like Hekkie Budler. We have to maintain the level, which [broadcast partner] SuperSport is entitled to.” Continue reading

Beaming Berman raises the bar

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Bang! Hot prospect Joshua Studdard finds the mark early to stop Mthobisi Nkosi in the first round at Emperors Palace on Sunday. PIC: N-Squared

The success of Sunday’s “Prospects at the Palace” tournament has spurred promoter Rodney Berman who says he would like to have two more editions before the year is out.

Over 1500 fans packed the big hall at Emperors Palace with supporters clearly warming to the “family day” approach that saw toddlers and little ones join their parents on a day when the action was red-hot. Continue reading