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July 5th 2012
Pride of young lions ready for battle
Bloody, but unbowed, Ryno Liebenberg goes in tough against Tineyi Maridzo on Monday night.

Bloody, but unbowed, Ryno Liebenberg goes in tough against Tineyi Maridzo on Monday night.

Grant Fourie can’t wait to throw off the ring rust when he goes to battle for the first time since May 2010 against journeyman Koos Sibiya at the “Pride and Honour” tournament at Emperors Palace on Monday evening.

Apart from showcasing the skills of some of South Africa’s best up and comers, the African Pride-Golden Gloves bill is also being held as a tribute to SA heavyweight great Pierre Coetzer.

“Fireball” Fourie has struggled with illness in the recent past, but he has since dedicated himself to training and is said to be in excellent shape.

The nephew of the late Pierre Fourie, Grant was a shooting star in local boxing before two losses and illness stalled his career, but both he and Golden Gloves are keen to rekindle the fire that made him such an exciting prospect.

He will find a willing and able opponent in Sibiya, an experienced journeyman who always gives his all.

As ever with promoter Jeff Ellis’s shows, the entire tournament features well-matched, exciting young fighters.

The pick of the action ought to be Ryno Liebenberg against Tineyi Maridzo at super-middleweight. Both are big bangers not given to fighting off the backfoot.

The Zimbabwean’s claim to fame is giving Mikey Schultz a pair of hidings, while Liebenberg won a war in a non-title clash against Tshepang Mohale that saw his stock shoot through the roof.

Johnny “The Hurricane” Muller makes a welcome return, having his first fight since November and his subsequent ill-fated “non-event” against overweight Ran Nakash. Muller is itching for action and will get it against Khangelani Hlongwane in a catchweight six-rounder.

Much of the tournament focus has been on Jason Bedeman, having his first fight since being stabbed earlier this year. Bedeman is itching for action and says he is eager to impress against hard man Takalane Dangale, who gave Warren Joubert two tough fights.

Joubert himself tangles with lightweight contender Ashley Dlamini in a lightweight six-rounder that has “classic” written all over it. These two alone are usual worth the price of entry and given their let-it-all-hang-out style, an explosive bout is in the offing.

Hot-running cruiserweight Kevin Lerena, meanwhile, will be looking to extend his KO streak to four against Clifford Smith. Despite his youth and inexperience, Lerena has already built up a decent-sized fan base that is sure to swell with each passing fight.

In other action, highly touted Paul Kamanga will fight Sibusiso Nosilela over four rounds at junior-welterweight, while debutants Thabang Ramagole and Collen Tloubatla will do battle at flyweight.

Boxing starts at 7.30pm.

26 Responses to “Pride of young lions ready for battle”

  1. July 05, 2012 at 3:55 pm, Britt said:

    I don’t hope Team libenberg is taking this fight very, lightly, they’re up against one of the biggest punchers in Africa, not to mention the only guy to knock’ Mickey’ on his back-side not once but twice, Libenberg can take a punch “YES!” but, it only takes on Sunday punch to send you to la-la land


    • July 06, 2012 at 12:53 pm, tanya said:

      > Very true Britt, Maridzo has one huge punch. He might not be the best technical boxer and he tends to be a bit on the back foot but watch out for that punch.


  2. July 05, 2012 at 4:37 pm, Flo Simba fan said:



  3. July 05, 2012 at 10:15 pm, chin said:

    Will this be on televised?


  4. July 06, 2012 at 10:04 am, nomercy said:

    This is how I see it going.
    Ryno KO 5th round
    Koos wil beat Grant on points
    Kevin KO 3rd round
    Jason KO 5th round
    Ashley wins points
    And don’t know any of the 4 rounders
    Brit a guy with 4 KO’s is hardley a big puncher, he put dowm Mikey twice and I don’t think that’s a big deal…
    Ryno has faced Tshepang 10KOs and David 10KOs and beat both so I’m sure he will be up to Tiney, he always is…


  5. July 06, 2012 at 10:05 am, callie said:

    African Ring(Jeff Ellis’s)stuff are never televised will there be an exception this time round?


  6. July 06, 2012 at 10:17 am, Johnny said:

    That,s because mickey schulz can’t take a punch


  7. July 06, 2012 at 12:50 pm, steve said:

    So glad we get to see young Muller in action. It must be so frustrating after the Super 8 debacle which he had no hand in.


  8. July 06, 2012 at 2:32 pm, BOX FAN said:

    @ Britt Really again you against Ryno! Don’t know what you have against him butit may be time to move on. I dont think any fighter takes any fight lightly and I believe Ryno will once again prove you wrong then your last hope will be Muller!


    • July 09, 2012 at 10:25 am, Britt said:

      Not against him at all like the young warrior, he’s got a big heart, and can brawl like a soldier, but I tend to look at facts,Ryno will take this one but he should watch out, thats all I say ! >


  9. July 06, 2012 at 7:02 pm, FAN said:

    I don’t think any boxer takes any fight lightly, they have to go in the ring and give it their all and finish with a win, but I hope Tiney comes prepared because Ryno is a big puncher and he can take a punch, but can we truly say the same about Tiney.


  10. July 06, 2012 at 9:20 pm, Dilo said:

    Great News
    BOXING FANS – Supersport has provisionally secured the rights for
    Donaire vs Mathebula scheduled for 5am on Sunday Morning..
    well done Supersport..cheers


  11. July 07, 2012 at 9:11 pm, KO said:

    Thanx to Uncle Jeff, Mr B and Emperors Palace for another exciting lineup. Can’t wait to see Ashley, Ryno and Badman in action. Who is Johnny Muller fighting as there is no box record of his opponent on Boxrec. Remember your chequebooks for I am sure there will be a few masterpieces up for grabs. Its Saturday night and I can hardly sleep as I am so excited. See u all there!!!!


  12. July 08, 2012 at 6:39 pm, Johnny said:

    On boxrec it says than Kevin lerena is fighting Flo Simba and Thabiso is fighting Johnny muller is this true????????


    • July 09, 2012 at 10:28 am, Britt said:

      Ha-Ha, Just witnessed that myself, quite a gesture! >


  13. July 09, 2012 at 9:55 pm, silver said:

    Flo will DEMOLISH kevin


  14. July 10, 2012 at 9:30 am, FAN said:

    @ Mr Berman or Uncle Jeff
    Saw that they recorded some of the fights last night, any idea when it will be broadcast.

    Great night of boxing would like to see it again. Congrats to Ryno with a suburb win againts a tough opponent, you are getting better with every fight.


  15. July 10, 2012 at 9:39 am, pierre said:

    Warren Joubert UD Ashley Dlamini: terrific fight. Joubert put on the best performance of the night, wearing Dlamini down with combinations and body punches while Dlamini made the mistake of looking for one big shot and following Joubert around the ring rather than cutting him off. I would like to see the Warrior fight Jason Bedeman next, and for my money, Joubert would win.

    Jason Bedeman KO4 Takalane Dangala: dirty fight with plenty of elbows and head-butts on display. The Badman ultimately won because he wanted it more and was better-conditioned and more aggressive. Dangala’s refusal to move his head, and his arm-punching style, didn’t help his cause.

    Koos Sibiya MD6 Grant Fourie: very disappointing display by Fourie, who appears to have little or nothing left. His lateral movement is gone, his punches lack power, and he couldn’t keep Sibiya from closing the distance at will and hurting him with body punches. Clearly Fourie has not recovered from the illness that kept him out of the ring for two years.

    Johnny Muller KO3 Kangelani Hlongwane: the less said about this fight, the better. No skills on display by either fighter. Muller can count himself very fortunate to have been paid for stepping aside in the Super 8 rather than having to face Danie Venter.

    Ryno Liebenberg MD8 Tineyi Maridzo: awesome and entertaining display of guts and conditioning by both fighters, marred by a disappointing but predictable home-town decision. Ryno is developing into a more complete fighter than the version who participated in the ugly no-defence slugfest against Tshepang Mohale, and his lateral movement and combination punching are coming on in leaps and bounds. Still, the harder and more effective punches were landed by Maridzo in at least five of the rounds, and you would have to be unashamedly biased to give the little-known Zimbabwean less than a draw. Of the two judges who scored for Ryno, one gave Maridzo only two rounds while the other gave him a ridiculous one round, proving that South African judges can perform on the same level as the Germans when it comes to favouring the favourite.


  16. July 10, 2012 at 9:45 am, Britt said:

    From what I’ve heard, Last night’s show was not so great, however: Ryno making a name for him and at the same token his slowly but surely becoming a house-hold-name in the world of boxing, “I’m Starting to develop a liking in the young mammoth of a fighter”


  17. July 10, 2012 at 10:14 am, Basement Boy said:

    I’m sitting here hoping Boxrec is correct. That will give legitimacy to the tournament and will provided an interesting match up between Kevin and Flo.

    Flo will have everything to lose and Kevin everything to gain.


  18. July 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm, leon said:

    Thank you for a great evening uncle Jeff, Mr B and all. Enjoyed all fight, Warren fought a good fight being patient and working Ashley. Good to see Grant in the ring again but expected more. Messy fight between Jason and Takalane which Jason deserved to win. Some harsh comments Pierre on the Muller vs Hlongwane fight. Certainly not the fight of the night but I thought Muller looked great and picked himself up good after the disappointment of the Super 8. Think this was Muller’s first fight in 8 months and being so in form and adrenalin pump for Super 8 I know what it can do to a guy’s preparation to then not just fight, ask me I’ve been there. Good fight between Liebenberg and Maridzo, actually thought Liebenberg would have an easy win but I have to give credit to Maridzo, he certainly stood his ground. I am still a bit worried about the punches Liebenberg is taking during his fights. If you want to last long in boxing he has to start picking up his hands. Well done to all boxers and thank you for entertaining us.


    • July 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm, pierre said:

      Johnny should go back down to light heavyweight and stay there. He is far too small for a cruiserweight, and he cannot make a career fighting at catchweights in the mid-80′s range. And he is carrying some excess baggage anyway – check out the photo of his midriff on the supersport website.


  19. July 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm, trudy said:

    I don’t know why all these people leave such horrible comments seeing that they give what they have!!! Please people its you that bring these boxers down it is up to their trainers to tell them how bad or how good they fought!!! Not YOU!!! Ryno very well done and Johnny well done!!! Very good fights guys u make us proud !!!


    • July 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm, Blacky said:

      > Who pays there purses? there trainers?? The FAN is KING. Pacquiao or Mayweather wont be driving lambos if the fans did not PAY to watch…


    • July 10, 2012 at 7:50 pm, pierre said:

      When you shower everyone with praise indiscriminately, it simply detracts from the achievements of the fighters who actually deserve the praise. Warren Joubert, Ryno Liebenberg and Tineyi Maridzo – take a bow. And also a mention for Jason Bedeman, who got the job done but needs to overcome the urge to resort to the dirty stuff. And huge praise for Pierre Coetzer, who gave us some epic wars in the 80s and 90s and still looks in good enough shape to beat any heavyweight that South Africa can offer at the moment!


  20. July 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm, IsaidSo said:

    Hi Mr Berman,

    According to Boxrec Flo Simba is fighting Kevin Larena and Johnny Mullar facing Thabiso Mchunu,is that real.Or it’s the other way around?


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