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March 26th 2015

Hekkie Budler’s long-awaited unification fight looks like a done deal! The WBA and IBO minimumweight champion has played a waiting game with IBF titleholder Katsunari Takayama (28-7), but finally the Japanese has agreed to a November date. It promises to be a massive showdown for Budler, the division’s number one, who has chased Takayama down [&hellip

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March 25th 2015

Promoter Jeff Ellis has done it again. Despite the challenge of making compelling local matches, his headliner for the “Hurricane” tournament at Emperors Palace on April 13 ticks all the boxes. Grant Fourie and Warren Joubert, who challenge for the SA junior-welterweight belt, are rugged all-action fighters who never fail to entertain. They’ve both been [&hellip

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March 23rd 2015

A twin world championship bill, plus a power-packed undercard. This is the pledge from Golden Gloves ahead of its next extravaganza, set for Emperors Palace on June 6. While conceding that the situation is fluid, particularly with regard to Tommy Oosthuizen, promoter Rodney Berman said the plan was to feature both him and Hekkie Budler [&hellip

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March 20th 2015

The world has opened up for Tommy Oosthuizen after last weekend’s rousing win against Ryno Liebenberg for the IBO light-heavyweight belt. Golden Gloves has been inundated with offers for the talented fighter, not least from American powerbroker Al Haymon, who has mooted a big fight for the southpaw. As with all such offers, Rodney Berman [&hellip

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March 19th 2015

Kazakhstan has pushed out some world class boxers in recent years, chiefly world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, Beibut Shumenov and Zhanat Zhakiyanov. Thanks to Golden Gloves, we may soon add another name to this illustrious list. Twenty-year-old Roman Zhailauov is unbeaten in 13 fights, his management claiming his fighting style is reminiscent of a young [&hellip

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March 17th 2015

“If he doesn’t become a world champion, I’ll become a tennis coach.” This was the frank response of trainer Colin Nathan to signing new charge Xolisani Ndongeni, who joined his HotBox stable last week. The 24-year-old is little-known beyond the confines of the Eastern Cape, but he is one of the hottest prospects on the [&hellip

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March 16th 2015

Tommy Oosthuizen will get his next big opportunity in America after his rousing win over Ryno Liebenberg at the weekend. Promoter Rodney Berman has already taken a number of calls to this effect and is confident of landing a major international fight for the new IBO light-heavyweight champion. Berman also had words of encouragement for [&hellip

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March 16th 2015

Thank you to the many fans who participated in the online competition to predict the outcome of the cracking Tommy Oosthuizen-Ryno Liebenberg fight at Emperors Palace on Saturday. Thanks to ringside judge Simon Xamlashe, who saw a different fight to most, Oosthuizen won via split decision; a result that threw many fans out of the [&hellip

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March 15th 2015

Tommy Oosthuizen finally delivered a performance commensurate with his talent as he outboxed and outhustled Ryno Liebenberg to win the vacant IBO light-heavyweight title at Emperors Palace on Saturday night. In doing so, he put to bed the argument as to SA’s best fighter at the weight and put himself in line for bigger fights [&hellip

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March 13th 2015

The headliner has drawn most of the attention of boxing fans, but Saturday’s main undercard fight between Commonwealth lightweight champion Richard Commey and rugged SA challenger Thompson Mokwana has the ingredients of being an excellent bout. The Ghanaian is a big puncher – 18 knockouts in 20 fights – and will be up against one [&hellip

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