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July 9th 2014

A new fighter has stepped in to replace Francisco Benitez as an opponent for Kevin Lerena at Emperors Palace next month. Benitez was surprisingly ruled out by his South American handlers, resulting in countryman Marcos Antonio Ahumada replacing him. Ahumada is demonstrably better than Benitez; indeed, authoritative website Boxrec ranks him in the world’s top [&hellip

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July 9th 2014

He’s busier than ever with tournaments in Europe and South Africa. Rodney Berman, Africa’s preeminent promoter, finally stops to draw breath and answer the burning questions. WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON WITH TOMMY OOSTHUIZEN? Admittedly there’s a lot of hearsay about Tommy, but I understand his problems are deeply personal. I believe that it [&hellip

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July 7th 2014

One of the busiest fighters in the world has been roped in as a challenger for Kevin Lerena at Emperors Palace next month. Francisco Ramon Benitez of Argentina, a rugged 29-year-old from the Pampas, will step in against the power-puncher from Johannesburg. Benitez has a curious record. Undefeated in seven starts, the remarkable thing is [&hellip

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July 7th 2014

He ranks as one of local boxing’s top prospects and next week, on July 15, Paul Kamanga will want to underscore that status when he tops the “Hot Shots” bill at Emperors Palace. Kamanga fights Boitshepo Mandawe for the vacant WBA Pan-African junior-welterweight title. Mandawe, who trains with Harold Volbrecht, is perhaps best known for running [&hellip

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July 3rd 2014

HotBox’s Colin Nathan is running hot among SA’s boxing trainers. Just weeks after orchestrating world champion Hekkie Budler’s most recent title defence, we caught up with him for the lowdown on the fight scene. CONGRATULATIONS, HEKKIE LOOKED SUPERB IN HIS LAST OUTING. HE’S SUDDENLY STARTED BANGING GUYS OUT. WHERE DOES THIS SUDDEN PEAK IN POWER [&hellip

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July 2nd 2014

Thabo Sonjica, one of the unsung heroes of South African boxing, will have his coming out party at Emperors Palace on August 9. The IBO super-bantamweight champion,  who has fought almost exclusively in the Eastern Cape, will be showcased at SA’s traditional home of big-time boxing when he makes his first defence against tricky Roli “Zuma” [&hellip

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June 30th 2014

In a dramatic twist, Golden Gloves has reluctantly shelved the Super Six “Clash for Cash” tournament. This follows the recent defeat of Johnny Muller, one of the proposed contestants, and reports that Tommy Oosthuizen, the top seed, is in no position to enter the ring for a tournament of such magnitude. Instead, Golden Gloves will [&hellip

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June 27th 2014

Cruiserweight banger Kevin Lerena will hit the ground running in his first fight since re-joining Golden Gloves recently. The unbeaten fighter, still just 22, will be pitched into a youth heavyweight title bout at Emperors Palace in August. Golden Gloves has already made contact with a number of overseas fighters – you must be 25 [&hellip

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June 27th 2014

Inspired by the response to signing Martin Murray and the surge in interest in boxing in the UK, Golden Gloves’ Rodney Berman has taken out a promoter’s license in Britain. It’s a big step for Africa’s champion promoter, but he’s always been motivated by new challenges. Having climbed a number of mountains in a long [&hellip

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June 25th 2014

The world is not enough, it seems, for Hekkie Budler. Already well established as holder of the IBO and WBA strawweight belts, a status he reaffirmed in Monte Carlo at the weekend, he is now chasing further glories

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