Budler buzzing to be back


The calm before the storm for Siyabonga Siyo and Hekkie Budler.

Now into his ninth year as a pro boxer, Hekkie Budler has learned to accept many of the truths of the fight game.

One of them is that winning and losing are immutable facts. He may have run up a 12-fight winning streak, but his last fight is a blot on his record for he lost a 12-round decision to Byron Rojas. It wasn’t the end of his world, but it brought his sharp rise to a shuddering halt. Continue reading

Golden Gloves media workout a big hit


A line-up of former and current champions at Thursday’s open workout ahead of ‘Southpaw Showdown’.

An array of top fighters stepped into the light at SuperSport on Thursday afternoon for the launch of “Southpaw Showdown”, taking place at Emperors Palace on October 22.

It was a Who’s Who of SA boxing as the like of Welcome Ncita, Dingaan Thobela, Brian Mitchell, Sebastiaan Rothmann, Harold Volbrecht and Pierre Coetzer mingled with modern-day fighters like Simphiwe Konkco, Hekkie Budler and Kevin Lerena. Continue reading

GGG steps out


Gennady Golovkin going through his paces at Big Bear yesterday. Photos: Courtesy/Michael Sterling Eaton, Neo Nostalgia

Boxing’s two best pound-for-pound fighters and two of the sport’s biggest stars, unified middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (35-0, 32KO’s) and WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KO’s), hosted joint media workouts yesterday from their training camps at the The Summit high altitude training facility in Big Bear Lake, California. Continue reading

Berman gives WBC a nudge about SA fighters

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Ryno Liebenberg – being puished back into contention by Golden Gloves. Pic: Nick Lourens

SuperSport HQ could be a lively place next week when Kevin Lerena and Ryno Liebenberg spar ahead of the “Super Four” final in October.

Both have different assignments – Lerena fights Micki Nielsen and Liebenberg travels to box Enrico Kölling of Germany – but there is bound to be a fair bit of needle at the media workout. Continue reading

At last – an opponent for Van Heerden


Chris van Heerden, here with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, steps back into a SA ring on October 22. Pic courtesy @TheHeat001

It will be a battle of southpaws when Chris van Heerden fights at Emperors Palace on October 22 after Golden Gloves secured the signature of Sacky Shikukutu of Namibia as his opponent.

It will be Van Heerden’s first fight in South Africa in over three years, having fought out of the American East coast in the interim. Continue reading

It’s on – Hekkie v Siyo

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Siyabonga Siyo, right, here mixing it with Simphiwe Konkco, will fight Hekkie Budler on October 22. Pic: N-SQUARED

Two of South Africa’s best little men will do battle at Emperors Palace on October 22.

Former world champion Hekkie Budler will fight local rival Siyabonga Siyo, a recent world title challenge, on the undercard of the “Super Four” event. Continue reading