Hot prospect Campbell draws a toughie

Rowan Campbell slams home a right hand during his successful 2017 tear-up. Pic: N-SQUARED

Rowan Campbell’s boxing education will be accelerated next month when he fights SA title challenger Masixole Botile on the “Palace Pandemonium” tournament on March 3.

The fast-rising Joburg super-middleweight, unbeaten in five outings, impressed a tough crowd in his last fight when he outworked durable Jackson Masamba at Emperors Palace.

“He looks a little special,” promoter Rodney Berman remarked on the night.

Despite an in and out record, Botile (5-10-1) has fought all the division’s big local names, among them Roland Francis, Balema Weliya, Giovanni Bushby and Christopher Buthelezi.

Four years ago, the PE-based fighter dropped a decision to Weliya for the SA title.

“It’s a big step-up for Campbell given that he’s had only a handful of fights,” said Berman. “There’s a lot to like about him . . . he’s a tight, compact fighter with neat touches. I’m hoping for a big year from him.”

The fresh-faced youngster hasn’t put a foot wrong so far, his perfect four from four in 2017 rocketing him into the public consciousness.

Doing a job on Botile would continue that happy trajectory.