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Budler shows why he’s rated No 1 by Ring

South Africa’s Hekkie Budler, the WBA and IBO minimumweight champion, made a successful defence against Mexico’s Jesús Silvestre with a a unanimous points decision on Saturday night at Salle des Étoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Continue reading

South African heavyweight rookie off to USA to learn the ropes

After more than 30 years as a benefactor, a sponsor and a promoter in the fight game, Thinus Strydom knows a thing or two about boxing, and heavyweights in particular.

He has relied on ‘gut feel’ when identifying future world champs and recently that famed feeling returned when he set eyes on a 23-year-old heavyweight boxer, Ruann Visser, who has an 16-bout win record, all by knock-out, in as many fights as an amateur. Visser is the son of a Meyerton sheep farmer. The family’s love for boxing was instilled by Ruann’s grandfather, a boxing trainer. Continue reading

Classy Helebe defends against SA No 1 contender

CAPE TOWN, Western Cape – Enterprising Kalakoda Promotions have announced details of their next tournament headlined the ‘Battle of the Bantams’ at the Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel on Friday, February 28.
In the feature bout, the reigning SA bantamweight champion Toto Helebe makes a title defence against SA No 1 contender Cebo ‘Homicide’ Ngema. Continue reading

Boxing Results From South Africa

The lack of a knock-out punch put paid to any chance South Africa’s Evans ‘Mamba’ Mbamba and Mexico’s Mario ‘Maca’ Briones may have had of claiming the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) junior featherweight title in the headline bout on the World Sport Promotions bill at Graceland on Saturday night. Two judges scored the fight 114-114 and the third 117-111 Mbamba, and the result was declared a majority draw. Continue reading

Mbamba lines up Mexican for Chesanyama grilling

WBA Pan African super bantamweight champion Tshifiwe ‘Atomic Spider’ Munyai has been replaced by Evans Mbamba in the headline bout on the Chesanyama bill on Saturday, 29 June, at Graceland Casino, Secunda.The celebrated Limpopo boxer Munyai who recently won the WBA Pan African super bantamweight title has been medically advised to lay off for six weeks, and has been forced to withdraw from the 29 June event at the Secunda casino and gaming venue. Continue reading