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June 29th 2015

A common refrain in boxing is that it’s often harder hanging onto your title than to win it. Having taken 11 years to climb that mountain, SA junior-welterweight champion Warren Joubert has no plans of giving it up his belt any time soon – and that spells bad news for Grant Fourie. Joubert spilled his [&hellip

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June 26th 2015

Proof that all is not well in local boxing has been underscored by yet another damning missive by renowned analyst Eric Armit. Boxing can make you cynical. After a former Governor of North Cotabato in the Philippines took the step of writing an open letter to South African President Jacob Zuma requesting that he get [&hellip

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June 25th 2015

The fighters may have taken all the attention up to now, but next month’s Young Guns tournament at Emperors Palace will also showcase the best of South African boxing’s trainers. Peter Smith (Kevin Lerena), Colin Nathan (Warren Joubert), Harold Volbrecht (Dowayne Combrink and Grant Fourie), Vuyani Bungu (Giovanni Bushby) and Nick Durandt (Deon Coetzee) all [&hellip

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June 23rd 2015

A loss is always hard for a fighter to digest, but Kevin Lerena has done it the right way since his all-action fight against Johnny Muller. Neither angry nor in denial, he has eagerly taken the lessons aboard in his quest to become a better, more rounded boxer. “The fight taught me so much,” he [&hellip

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June 19th 2015

Kevin Lerena against Deon Coetzee tops the triple-header “Young Guns” tournament at Emperors Palace on July 30. It will be Lerena’s first crack at a national title against a fighter who can be very threatening, not having lost since 2012. It is an opportunity for Lerena (12-1, 7 KOs) to get back in the reckoning [&hellip

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June 17th 2015

Tommy Oosthuizen would be nowhere without second or third chances, which is why news of his career hitting a dead-end appears to be premature. While promoter Rodney Berman rightly lashed him for his disrespect and indiscipline, he stopped well short of tearing up his contract in the wake of his shambolic behaviour around the recent [&hellip

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June 15th 2015

Despite his youth, Colin Nathan has paid his dues as a trainer. His top-rated stable includes a world champion and a host of hot prospects. Here, he discusses the past, present and future. Congratulations. Your HotBox gym had a solid year with just one major defeat (Ryno Liebenberg). How have the past 12 months been [&hellip

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June 12th 2015

In an exciting move, Golden Gloves has signed 21-year-old amateur tyro Gary Sweeney from Ireland. A veteran of around 300 amateur bouts, the cruiserweight is a seven-time Irish champion who captured silver at the European Championships and has fought all over the continent in establishing himself as one of the top boxers on the continent. [&hellip

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June 11th 2015

Unsurprisingly, Boxing South Africa has rejected a request to have the shock result between Mateusz Masternak and Johnny Muller overturned. Despite the controversy surrounding the bout, including promoter Rodney Berman’s public criticism of the scoring, BSA won’t hear of it. They have simply advocated for a rematch. BSA has copped a heap of abuse for [&hellip

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June 10th 2015

Promoter Rodney Berman learned long ago not to get too excited by very much, not least a boxing prospect, but he has high hopes for latest signing Roman Zhailauov. The Kazakh fought for the second time under the Golden Gloves banner on Saturday and duly delivered on the hype, smashing Luyanda Jako to defeat in [&hellip

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