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.

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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.

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‘Mamba’ will have Mexican foe up to toe the ‘Chesanyama’ samba at Graceland

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.

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