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.
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.
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.
Evans ‘Mamba’ Mbamba has had a 10-month lay-off from competitive boxing but ring-rust won’t be a factor when he headlines the ‘Chesanyama Bill’ against Mario ‘Maca’ Briones for the vacant WBF junior-featherweight title at Graceland Casino, in Mpumalanga on Saturday, June 29.