Boxers

HEKKIE BUDLER
Style: Orthodox
Record: 31-3 (10 KOs)
Division: Strawweight
Hometown: Newlands, Johannesburg
Manager: Colin Nathan
Trainer: Colin Nathan
Pro since: 2007

H BudlerAfter a long reign as the best strawweight in the world, Hekkie Budler has rebuilt his reputation following a narrow points defeat in March 2016.
Budler has always impressed with his work rate, accuracy and clever angles, but he will be reconstructing his fighting style as he goes in search of another championship in 2016.
He boxes furiously for as long as it takes and has a chin that has withstood all challenges.
The “Hexecutioner’s” best wins to date are against Nkosinathi Joyi and Pigmy Kokietgym, victories that thrust him into the forefront of public consciousness.

LERATO DLAMINI
Style:
 Orthodox
Record: 9-1 (6 KOs)
Division: Featherweight
Hometown: Johannesburg
Manager: Colin Nathan
Trainer: Colin Nathan
Pro since: 2015

Lerato Dlamini shot to prominence with his shock seventh-round KO of unbeaten Sinethemba Bam early in 2017. But those in the know weren’t surprised: his humble, hard-working nature was always going to work in his favour.
An accomplished amateur (78-12), he was SA Cadet, SA Elite and Zone Six Youth champion.
A big fan of Vasyl Lomachenko, Dlamini is a boxer-puncher himself and one to keep an eye out for.

RYNO LIEBENBERG
Style: Orthodox
Record: 17-5 (12 KOs)
Division: Light-heavyweight
Hometown: Johannesburg
Manager: Colin Nathan
Trainer: Colin Nathan
Pro since: 2010
Ryno LLiebenberg is as rough and rugged as they come – he makes no claims to being anything like Sugar Ray Leonard – but what he lacks in fluid skills he makes up for in toughness.
He dug deep to overcome Russian hard man Denis Grachev in 2014 and he also hung tough in losing battles against Eleider Alvarez, Enrico Koelling and Erik Skoglund. Liebenberg yearns to fight for a championship. With his attitude and dedication to training, it might not be far off for the likeable West Rander.

KEVIN LERENA
Style: Southpaw
Record: 19-1 (9 KOs)
Division: Cruiserweight
Hometown: Johannesburg
Manager: Sean Smith
Trainer: Peter Smith
Pro since: 2011

With Hollywood good looks and the physique to match, Kevin Lerena is among the best packages in local boxing.
425 (2)The former rugby player has been a pro boxer since 2007. The IBO champion trades as “Two Guns”, but recent years have seen him box more and he is no longer regarded as a raw puncher.
His best win came against rugged Youri Kalenga in September 2017 and bigger names await the fast-handed prospect who works out of the Smith gym in northern Johannesburg.

SIMPIWE KONKCO
Style: Orthodox
Record: 18-5 (7 KOs)
Division: Strawweight
Hometown: Mthatha
Manager: Colin Nathan
Trainer: Colin Nathan
Pro since: 2007

3drfA late developer, Simpiwe Konkco shot to prominence when he challenged Hekkie Budler for his championship titles in 2015. Konkco lost a narrow decision but confirmed himself as an elite fighter at championship level.
Blessed with fast hands and a relentless fighting style, he is one of the danger men of the division. Ironically, he and Budler are now stablemates after the Eastern Cape man relocated to Johannesburg in a bid to give his career the boost it needs.
Indeed, the man they call “Chain Reaction” looks to be heading into the prime of his career only now.

JOHNNY MULLER
Style: Orthodox
Record: 20-7-2 (14 KOs)
Division: Light-heavyweight
Hometown: Johannesburg
Manager: Brian Mitchell
Trainer: Harold Volbrecht
Pro since: 2009

The crowd-pleasing boxer they call “The Hurricane” is seldom in a bad fight.
johnny muller s6He’s always supremely fit and has the ability to hang tough with even the heaviest of punchers. Johnny Muller has tightened up his style in recent years and has shifted away from his wild fighting style. He can box or fight, whatever the mood, and he has a solid crack, making him a match for any decent light-heavyweight.
He scored a massive win over top-tenner Mateusz Masternak in 2015 and also schooled Kevin Lerena the year before, proving he can get the job done when he is switched on.

DEEJAY KRIEL
Style: Orthodox
Record: 12-1-1 (5 KOs)
Division: Strawweight
Hometown: Primrose, Germiston
Manager: Colin Nathan
Trainer: Colin Nathan
Pro since: 2014

DeeJay Kriel lost his debut fight in 2014, but has since embarked on a profitable winning streak that recently saw him capture the WBC International minimumweight championship.
Deejay Kriel 68Since joining HotBox gym in Johannesburg, he has clearly benefited from frequent sparring with world champions Hekkie Budler and Simpiwe Konkco. Not only are their weights similar, so are their styles, giving some idea of the exciting fight package Kriel has become.
Busier than many other local fighters, he is rated among SA boxing’s best prospects, and with good reason.

LUCKY MONYEBANE
Style: Orthodox
Record: 5-2 (3 KOs)
Division: Lightweight
Hometown: Hammanskraal, North West
Manager: Harold Volbrecht
Trainer: Harold Volbrecht
Pro since: 2015

The fruits of a long-term partnership between Golden Gloves and the Dikebu community were brought to bear in 2015 when local man Lucky Monyebane made his pro debut.
Lucky Mongebane 088Supported by a boisterous crowd, the lightweight duly went and knocked out his opponent in grand style. He looked outstanding, showing poise and patience before exploding with power shots.
Notwithstanding a recent failure to win the SA title, but already Golden Gloves will continue to carefully monitor his progress as he makes his way in the boxing world.

LEE DYER
Style: Orthodox
Record: 7-3-2 (6 KOs)
Division: Super-middleweight
Hometown: Durban
Manager: Trevor Wolmarans
Trainer: Trevor Wolmarans
Pro since: 2007

22298_436076656452246_1854740900_nThis long-time pro only recently came into his own after flirting with MMA and taking a long break through injury.
He was matched against Johnny Muller far too early in his career, but rebounded from that defeat to capture the SA title with a gritty stoppage over Belima Weliya in 2016. Months later he added a second belt, claiming the vacant African Boxing Union super-middleweight title with a dominant inside-the-distance win over Giovanni Bushby.
He’s a busy, technical fighter with a decent dig. All signs point to him building on a great 2016 and improving under the guidance of Golden Gloves.

ROWAN CAMPBELL
Style: Orthodox
Record: 4-0 (4 KOs)
Division: Super-middleweight
Hometown: Johannesburg
Manager: Sean Smith    
Trainer: Sean Smith
Pro since: 2016

2-rowan-campbell-08New to the fight scene, Campbell is an aspirant hoping to make his way in the big leagues.
Despite his youth, he spars regularly with Kevin Lerena, who rates the youngster’s all-round fight game.

 

 

THULANI MBENGE
Style: Orthodox
Record: 12-0 (10 KOs)
Division: Welterweight
Hometown: Johannesburg
Manager: Sean Smith
Trainer: Sean Smith
Pro debut: 2015

tmThulani Mbenge ranks as one of the hottest prospects to hit the SA boxing scene in many years. A former amateur star – he won a medal at the 2014 Commonwealth games and holds a win over Paul Kamanga – the Mdantsane-raised fighter is moving fast through the pro ranks, having won the SA welterweight title in April in just his 10th pro bout. A big hitter with a smooth rhythm, he will be flying the Golden Gloves flag for years to come.

JAYJAY SONJICA
Style:
 Southpaw
Record: 3-0 (2 KOs)
Division: Featherweight
Hometown: Johannesburg
Manager: Sean Smith
Trainer: Sean Smith
Pro since: 2017

PHILA MPONTSHANE
Style:
 Orthodox
Record: 12-1 (6 KOs)
Division: Junior-lightweight
Hometown: Mdantsane
Manager: Mzi Mnguni
Trainer: Ncedo Cecane
Pro since: 2012

A former decorated amateur star, Phila Mpontshane has enjoyed a meteoric rise to SA championship status. He overcame a loss to Xolani Mcotheli in 2013 to be crowned SA champ in 2016. Mpontshane is a pressure fighter with good fundamentals. Having joined Golden Gloves, a world rating is now in his sights.