MTK Global is proud to confirm the signing of two-weight world champion Hekkie Budler, who joins the MTK Africa team under Colin Nathan.
The South African star (32-4-KO10) – nicknamed ‘The Hexecutioner’ – has unified world titles at both minimumweight and light-flyweight and racked up an astonishing 17 world title fights.
Still just 30 years of age, Budler is eager to begin a new chapter of his illustrious career.
Budler said: “I am so happy to have a powerful brand like MTK behind me. With the best in the business guiding my career, the big fights will be rolling in and my profile will rise.
“It is also great that Colin, who has been with me from the beginning of my professional career, is now involved with MTK Global in heading up the African continent.
“I’m more hungry than ever to win back a world title as soon as possible and despite having achieved what I’ve achieved already, I firmly believe the best days of my career are still ahead of me.”
Nathan added: “This is a fantastic statement of intent for MTK Global and for MTK Africa. Hekkie has been one of the most underrated fighters in the world up to this point.
“Having won and defended multiple world titles, Hekkie is a shining example to all African boxers and with MTK Global now in his corner, we believe there’s so much more to come.”
News of Budler’s first assignment as an MTK Global fighter will be forthcoming in due course.
MTK Global is delighted to confirm the signing of an advisory deal with reigning IBO female world lightweight champion Chantelle Cameron.
The former Team GB star has already blasted to 8-0-KO5 since joining the paid ranks and also holds the WBC Silver belt, with many eagerly anticipating a potential unification showdown with Irish rival Katie Taylor in the future.
Cameron – aptly named ‘Wham Bam Chan’ – said: “I’m so pleased to have joined MTK Global, who are doing great things for so many fighters across the world.
“It was an easy decision to make and I’m really excited about the future now. I want to keep on pushing forward and for the fights I’m in to get bigger and bigger. I know my new team can deliver that.
“The end goal is to unify the division and that involves the fight so many people want to see – myself in with Katie Taylor. That would be huge for women’s boxing and I’d relish the chance.
“I plan to be as active as possible in 2019 and I just can’t wait to get started now this deal is done.”
MTK Global President Bob Yalen said: “We are elated Chantelle has chosen to join the team and we welcome her knowing we can help her realise her dreams.
“Female boxing is hitting new heights all the time and the lightweight division is arguably its most competitive. We are proud to be working with one of its leading lights and we know things are only going to get bigger and better from here.”
Michael Elliott has revealed that there will be bragging rights on the line when he makes his professional debut against Lewis van Poetsch next week – as the two men served for the same regiment in the army together.
Elliott makes his debut on a packed MTK Global show at York Hall on February 22, and he admits that pride is set to be at stake in the contest.
He said: “There is history between me and Lewis. We both served in the army for the same regiment. He was second battalion and I was fourth battalion, so we have a lot of mutual friends.
“We were both the same rank and both went to the same countries on tour. There is a lot of pride involved in this fight that a lot of people wouldn’t quite understand. He’s an experienced journeyman but I know he won’t come to lose.
“The people that are coming to support me know him and served with him as well, so if he’s got any self-pride then he won’t want to show himself up.
“He’ll be hungry to win as nobody will want to walk out as a loser. I know his situation in regards to being a journeyman, but he’s coming off a win, so I know he’s going to bring it.
“It is 100 per cent respectful though. There is no animosity towards him, it’s sportsmanlike. There is pride in the regiments and battalions we served in. As a debut I couldn’t have asked for a better opponent so I’m grateful for that.”
The event at York Hall will be shown live on iFL TV, with the main event seeing Paddy Gallagher taking on Freddy Kiwitt for the vacant WBO European welterweight title.
There are plenty of talented stars on the undercard too, including Dan Azeez, Danny Dignum, Siar Ozgul, Liam Wells, Jack Ewbank and Huzaifah Iqbal.
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