WBF ANNUAL AWARDS 2013
FIGHTER OF THE YEAR – DANIE VENTER (South Africa)
Having been stopped in his final 2012 outing by world class Thabiso Mchunu, Danie Venter began 2013 with two low key wins over Nsitu Mbaya (TKO 1) and future WBF All Africa Heavyweight Champion Elvis Moyo (W 6) and it certainly did not look like he would become the WBF’s ‘Fighter of the Year’. But it took him less than a round last September to achieve just that when the man from Johannesburg climbed into the ring against Shawn Cox from Barbados. Aside from a decision loss in Italy some four years ago, Cox had only lost against the outstanding Denis Lebedev, not before rocking the Russian down to his boots. So no expert expected the fast and sudden ending that Venter achieved by blowing away Cox in the very first round to annex the vacant WBF World Cruiserweight crown. A stunning result indeed. Thus, Venter went from a loser to 3-0 in 2013 plus a world title to boot in most impressive fashion – impressive enough to merit the ‘Fighter of the Year’ award. Continue reading
South African veteran Danie Venter is the new World Boxing Federation World Cruiserweight Champion after defeating Shawn “The Sniper” Cox from Barbados for the vacant title on Saturday night, September 21, at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria.
Venter put on a fantastic performance as he destroyed the usually dangerous Cox in the first round. Already inside the first few seconds Venter knocked Cox down, and he didn’t waste any time following up to finish the fight with some ferocious punching later in the stanza. Continue reading
On what will arguably be the most significant boxing promotion in Pretoria, South Africa since John Tate’s 1979 world heavyweight title fight victory over Gerrie Coetzee, Real Steel Promotions, headed by former Super Middleweight contender Andre Thysse, will present three World Boxing Federation title fights on Saturday September 21 at the Heartfelt Arena. Continue reading