Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, boxing in South Africa is at its lowest point since World War II, with fewer competitions and active fighters.
According to Andre de Vries of Boxing SA, there have only been 20 competitions in South Africa to date, with 269 current fighters, 213 of them are from the country.
These are worrisome numbers, as many South African fighters are on the verge of starvation.
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions, whose first foray into professional boxing took place on August 29, 1977, at the Wembley Ice Rink in Turfontein, when Charlie Weir knocked out Bushy Bester in the first round, continues to put on high-quality tournaments.
His next competition, dubbed “Triple Threat,” will take place on Saturday, September 25 at Emperors Palace at Kempton Park and will be televised live on SuperSport.
In the main event, Simon Dladla (6-1, 5) defends his South African junior middleweight title against Shervantaight Koopman (7-0, 5), the No. 3 ranked challenger. Both boxers are heavy punchers, so this might turn into a slugfest.
The second South African title fight on the schedule is for the vacant South African super middleweight title between No. 1 rated Frank Rodrigues 7-3; 4 and No. 3 ranked Cowin Ray 6-0; 4.
On the undercard, Wilhelm Nebe 5-0; 4 takes on Josh Pretorius 7-5; 5, who most recently lost on points to Tian Fick in a fight for the vacant South African heavyweight title.
When Ricardo Malijika 7-1; 5 takes on Khaylethu Mbedie 2-5-1; 1 in an eight-round junior bantamweight contest, he aims to get his career back on track following a loss.
Xolani Selimane vs. Nthethelelo Nkosi in junior welterweight (4 rounds); Thando Mali vs. Phikelani Terence Khumalo in middleweight (4 rounds); Juan Croukamp vs. Jono Grose in catchweight (54.5kg).
At 3 p.m., the tournament begins.
A GLOBAL REVIEW
TEC DRAW BETWEEN JOSH WARRINTON AND MAURICIO LARA
On Saturday night at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds, England, former IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington (30-1-1; 7) and Mauricio Lara 23-2-1; 16 battled to a second-round technical draw in a rematch. Following a head-on collision, Lara received a serious cut over his left eye, and the fight was called off.
BELTS ARE KEPT BY KATIE TAYLOR.
Katie Taylor 19-0; 6 won a ten-round unanimous points victory over Jennifer Han 18-4-1; 1 in a women’s bout on the same card, retaining her WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO lightweight crowns.
Conor “The Destroyer” Benn, the WBC No. 11, WBA No. 12, and WBO No. 13, won a ten-round points decision against Adrian “El Tigre” Granados 21-9-3; 15 to retain the WBC Continental championship. 100-90, 99-91, and 97-93 were the results.
Maxi Hughes (24-5-2; 5) defeated Jovanni Straffon (24-4-1; 17) in a 12-round unanimous points decision to win the IBO lightweight title. The scores were 120-107 on two occasions and 119-109 on the third occasion.
ALEX VARGAS MAINTAINS HIS UNBEATABLE RECORD
Alex “El Toro” Vargas 11-0; 4 defeated Alejandro Munera 6-3-4; 5 on a six-round unanimous points decision at the Star Boxing “Rockin’ Fights 39” program at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York, on Saturday night. It received a 60-54 score from all three judges.
IN FOUR ROUNDS, JULIUS INDONGO CAME TO A STOP.
Julius Indongo, the 38-year-old former WBA/WBC/WBO and IBF junior welterweight champion, was stopped in the fourth round by Hassan Mwakinyo 20-2; 14 on Friday at the Kilimanjaro Hall in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. Four of Indongo’s previous five fights have ended in defeat.