Rodney Berman has upped the stakes ahead of his formal announcement of the Super Eight tournament next week.
The event will now also feature a third-place box-off (between the two losing semifinalists) with the fighters sharing R150 000 on a 60-40 split.
“I gave it some careful thought,” said Berman. “It simply adds to the excitement and could potentially be a cracker.”
With Ricky Hatton expected to be in attendance – earlier guest Joe Calzaghe has business to attend to in the UK – and boxing’s cognoscenti expected at next Thursday’s announcement at Emperors Palace, interest is at an all-time high.
“I have a stake in the event – I manage Flo Simba – but even if that wasn’t the case, I would be excited,” said Brian Mitchell. “This is the sort of tournament boxing fans want, with an element of real needle.”
Golden Gloves will also reveal the fights featuring the eight top cruiserweights, based on a seeding process that involved Boxing South Africa, more specifically Loyiso Mtya.
“Loyiso had the final say, and I think it’s fair to claim that there will be some cracking contests,” said Berman.