Countdown to Sunday’s ‘Showstoppers’

Itching for action: the boxers involved in Sunday’s tournament at Emperors Palace. Pic: NICK LOURENS

With just four days to go until the “Showstoppers” tournament at Emperors Palace, the boxing community is already abuzz, as was evident at the pre-fight weigh-in at the Smith’s Gym on Wednesday afternoon.

All the fighters bar Sergio Ramirez of Mexico were in attendance at the Fourways facility. Happily, all looked trim and in shape, leading MC Brian Mitchell to remark that it would be one of the best shows of 2017.

The boxers for the two title fights weighed in successfully and Mitchell engaged them on their thoughts ahead of Sunday. Predictably, SA welterweight champion Shaun Ness and his challenger, Thulani Mbenge, never backed down, both vowing to win.

“I think we’re in for a terrific fight. Most have Mbenge winning, but Shaun will bring it hard,” said Mitchell. “There are eight fights and they’re all brilliant.”

A great media turnout on Wednesday reflected the buzz ahead of Sunday. Pic: NICK LOURENS

The outstanding media contingent reflected the interest with all the major TV stations and national press represented.