Kamanga ducks Van Heerden challenge

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Headed for the top: Chris van Heerden, here with trainer Colin Nathan, in good spirits after signing with Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves.

SA’s super fight looks like it will have to wait – Paul Kamanga has no interest in fighting former world champion Chris van Heerden.

“He’s gone missing in action,” said a disappointed Van Heerden yesterday. “I can’t say I blame him. He’s a good fighter, but he’s not ready for me.” Continue reading

Nuggety Ness nails it

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Hot prospect Lucky Monyebane is hoisted aloft after his sensational first-round win on Sunday.

SA welterweight champion Shaun Ness and challenger Ayanda Mthembu capped a fine afternoon’s boxing with a rousing 12-rounder in the headliner of the “Prospects of the Palace” event on Sunday.
The pair set a cracking pace and were full value throughout. Ness’ accuracy and workrate ultimately proved the difference and he prevailed by scores of 117-113, 115-114, 117-111. Continue reading

Young ’uns set to fire

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Shaun Ness putting in the hard yards with trainer Colin Nathan ahead of this weekend’s title defence at Emperors Palace. Pic: Jeff Ellis

Rodney Berman admits that the tournaments featuring prospects aren’t for everyone, not least those looking to catch the big names in action.

But if you want honest-to-goodness action between determined youngsters, there will be no better stop than Emperors Palace on Sunday afternoon. It’s the third such “Prospects at the Palace” event and it looks to deliver much the same in energy and excitement as the two that preceded it. Continue reading

Major US deal for Nomeva

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Xolisani Ndongeni signing his US deal with promoter Rodney Berman and Colin Nathan.

Golden Gloves Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions are pleased to announce the signing of world-ranked lightweight contender Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni to a co-promotional contract.

The 26-year-old has a perfect mark of 21-0 with 11 knockouts and is currently the IBO lightweight champion and also ranked number two by the WBA. Continue reading

Last hurrah for Fana – live on SuperSport

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Terry Flanagan and Mzonke Fana go head to head in Cardiff earlier this week.

Cuban boxing genius Guillermo Rigondeux tops a major UK fight card against James Dickens this weekend, but it is an undercard fight that will hold intrigue for SA fight fans.

Despite closing in on his 43rd birthday, veteran Mzonke Fana, who hails from Khayelitsha, will go in search of his second world title when he challenges unbeaten WBO champion Terry Flanagan. Continue reading

Berman likes this DeeJay mix

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DeeJay Kriel is a study in concentration while sparring against Hekkie Budler.

Promoter Rodney Berman isn’t in the habit of sticking his neck out, but this week he predicted that DeeJay Kriel would follow in the footsteps of Hekkie Budler.

It was a bold claim, but Berman says that from what he’s seen, Kriel has the hallmarks of a future champion. Better still, he shares a gym with the former two-time world champion and is happy to be the youngster in the teacher-pupil dynamic at the HotBox gym. Continue reading

Tasty welterweight clash in the offing?

boxing-gloves-bwThe idea of a welterweight Super Four tournament isn’t far from promoter Rodney Berman’s mind, but he is also hatching another plan at the weight.

While he can’t be sure what will happen on July 24 when Shaun Ness defends his title and hot-rising Thulani Mbenge boxes on the undercard, it hasn’t stopped him from musing about the possibility of a Ness versus Mbenge fight before long. Continue reading