Liebenberg rematch close to being set

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Ryno Liebenberg – always ready to ‘rawl’.

Enrico Koelling has been instructed to start preparing for his rematch with Ryno Liebenberg, tentatively scheduled for Emperors Palace on February 4.

“We’re putting plans into place, but it’s almost certainly going to happen,” said Rodney Berman, who must iron out a few minor details with German counterpart Nisse Sauerland. Continue reading

Onwards and upwards for Golden Gloves’ star men

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Kevein Lerena will be guided towards bigger fights in 2017 after a compelling 2016 in which he established his international credentials. Pic: Nick Lourens

Despite a tough economy and ever-challenging conditions in local boxing, Rodney Berman is able to reflect on a year of growth and terrific fights.

With a mix of high-end shows and development tournaments, Golden Gloves produced the goods for a variety of fans, always with the aim of delivering outstanding fights. Continue reading

Konkco in sublime form as Bra Mzi looks on

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The Simpiwe Konkco right hand works a charm against Nkosinathi Joyi on Sunday. Pic: Nick Lourens

In the end, Sunday’s tribute tournament to Mzi Mnguni was perfectly apt: an explosive event brimful with talent and a joyous crowd in full voice.

IBO champion Simpiwe Konkco delivered in emphatic style in the Orient Theatre headliner, dominating the redoubtable Nkosinathi Joyi with the performance of a lifetime. He played the role of master in subduing a formidable challenger, sweeping the cards down the stretch to win comfortably: 116-113, 118-112, 119-111. Continue reading