Ex-world champ guiding Nielsen’s fortunes


Joey Gamache, left, working out with undefeated Micki Nielsen.

A former two-time world champion with a strong South African connection will be guiding the fortunes of Denmark’s Micki Nielsen when he fights Johnny Muller next weekend.

Joey Gamache was one of the world’s top lightweights in the 1990s, winning championships at both junior-lightweight and lightweight. For years there was speculation that he would fight Brian Mitchell, but this never came off. Continue reading

Lady judge gets the call


Berit Andreasen of Denmark will be one of the three ringside judges for Johnny Muller v Micki Nielsen.

Experienced Berit Andreasen of Denmark will be one of the judges for Micki Nielsen’s Super Four opener against Johnny Muller on June 11.

The other two will be from South Africa and a neutral country, ensuring a fairer outcome in the event of the fight going to points. Continue reading

Open days for SA fight fans

boxingThe headliners on the “Night of Reckoning” tournament will showcase their wares at two open days in Johannesburg next week.

On Tuesday (12 noon) Smith’s Gym in Cedar Square will be open for fans to attend the open workout featuring Kevin Lerena, Johnny Muller and Micki Nielsen, three of the four fighters in the “Super Four” cruiserweight event. Continue reading

Volbrecht has inside track on Nielsen


Micki Nielsen may be favourite for the ‘Super Four’, but SA trainer Harold Volbrecht has spotted chinks in his armour.

Micki Nielsen won’t have many secrets when he fights Johnny Muller in the “Super Four” tournament at Emperors Palace next month.

The young Dane, just 23, is unbeaten and is the bookmakers’ favourite to win the inaugural title. Continue reading

Belter of a plan by Golden Gloves

BeltsOne of the depressing realities of SA boxing is that championship belts have stopped being awarded to local title-holders.

It’s a sad state of affairs that Golden Gloves, in its own way, wants to address. Rodney Berman has commissioned a number of SA championship belts to be manufactured for a number of its current or former national champions, namely Kevin Lerena, Johnny Muller, Warren Joubert, Grant Fourie, Sean Ness and Ryno Liebenberg. Continue reading

Muller relishes another crack at Lerena


The SA fighting contingent for ‘Night of Reckoning’: Kevin Lerena, Siyabonga Siyo, Simphiwe Khonco and Johnny Muller.

Upon the announcement of the “Night of Reckoning” tournament last week, the sharpest comment came from the lips of cruiserweight contender Johnny Muller.

Speculating about being motivated for the Super Four contest, Muller said, “If you’re South African, you have no problem getting motivated for a million Rand-plus.” Continue reading

Siyo planning armed ambush


Dapper Siyabonga Siyo, planning to surprise Simphiwe Khonco next month.

Siyabonga Siyo has operated largely on the fringes of South African boxing.

Next month, he will be thrust into the limelight when he heads the “Night of Reckoning” bill at Emperors Palace, fighting crosstown rival Simphiwe Khonco for the IBO mini-flyweight championship. Continue reading

Countdown to ‘Night of Reckoning’


Main event fighters Simphiwe Khonco and Siyabonga Siyo square off on Wednesday afternoon. They fight for the IBO mini-flyweight title in June.

A compelling championship fight between Eastern Cape rivals Simphiwe Khonco and Siyabonga Siyo will headline the “Night of Reckoning” bill at Emperors Palace on June 11.

Announcing the tournament at SuperSport in Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon, promoter Rodney Berman also lifted the lid on the Super Four cruiserweight event that will form part of the fight card. Continue reading