Boxers

LUSANDA KOMINISI

Style: Orthodox
Record: 21-4 (18 KOs)
Division: Lightweight
Hometown: Johannesburg
Trainer: Phumzile Mathyila
Pro since: 2007

Golden Gloves’ newest acquisition is a big puncher with a crowd-pleasing style. A former SA champion and holder of the IBF featherweight crown, Lusanda Kominisi will mount an assault on the lightweights, a division he is comfortable in. With big wins over Roli Gasca and Macbute Sinyabi to his name, Kominisi is being primed for bigger things.

HEKKIE BUDLER
Style: Orthodox
Record: 32-3 (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, sensationally winning the IBF, WBA and Ring light-flyweight belts in May.
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.
He boxes furiously for as long as it takes and has a chin that has withstood all challenges.
Having beaten Ryouchi Taguchi  in a career-best performance, the “Hexecutioner’s” other best wins came against Nkosinathi Joyi and Pigmy Kokietgym, victories that thrust him into the forefront of public consciousness.

AYABONGA ‘JAYJAY’ SONJICA
Style: Orthodox
Record: 3-0 (2 KOs)
Division: Junior-featherweight
Hometown: Johannesburg (formerly East London)
Trainer: Sean Smith
Pro since: 2017

This prominent former SA amateur champion has fast hands and loads of ambition. He rattled up three good wins in his first year as a pro. The plan is to push him fast, engineering him into SA title contention within two years.

RYNO LIEBENBERG
Style: Orthodox
Record: 18-6 (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: 21-1 (9 KOs)
Division: Cruiserweight
Hometown: Johannesburg
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: 14-1-1 (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.

ROWAN CAMPBELL
Style: Orthodox
Record: 6-0 (5 KOs)
Division: Super-middleweight
Hometown: Johannesburg
Trainer: Peter 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: 13-0 (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 2017 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.

WADE GROTH
Style:
 Orthodox
Record: 5-0 (4 KOs)
Division: Middleweight
Hometown: Johannesburg
Trainer: Raymond Serfontein
Pro since: 2017

After a successful career in MMA, Groth has made a seamless transition to pro boxing. With four fights on the bounce in 2017, he had a busy first year. Blessed with sharp instincts and a heavy dig, hopes are high that he will make a major impact on the local middleweight division.

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.

KEATON GOMES
Style:
 Orthodox
Record: 0-0
Division: Cruiserweight/heavyweight
Hometown: Durban
Trainer: Peter Smith
Pro since: Pending – to debut June 23

Much is expected of Gomes, who had around 30 fights at amateur level, winning each of them. Lean at around the 90kg mark, he is expected to start as a cruiserweight, having impressed Peter Smith during preliminary workouts.

THABISO MCHUNU
Style:
 Southpaw
Record: 18-4 (11 KOs)
Division: Cruiserweight
Hometown: Cato Ridge
Manager: Sean Smith
Trainer: Sean Smith
Pro since: 2007

Having operated in the upper reaches of the cruiserweight division for the past five years, Thabiso Mchunu is taking another run at the championship. He has excellent skills and a brilliant defensive game and ranks as one of the craftiest fighters around.