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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

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Royal flush for local boxing

Candice Bremner, Rodney Berman, Elme Sullivan, Tamryn Da Rocha

It may seem an unlikely alliance, but poker has come to the boxing party. World Poker Tour (WPT) will be sponsoring boxing for the first time to promote their National Poker Championship at Emperors Palace from April 8-17. Here, Candice Bremner, Elme Sullivan and Tamryn Da Rocha of Shuffleuppoker cosy up to boxing boss Rodney Berman, whose tournament takes place on March 19.

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