Boxing fest to rock SA

2013-02-10 10:00

Undoubtedly the best boxing promoter in Africa, Golden Gloves Promotions will once again stage the first major boxing event on the continent for this year on Saturday at Emperors Palace.

The “Danger Zone”, as the occasion has been named, will see 10 boxers in five bouts stepping into the square jungle at own risk in what promises to be an exhilarating night of boxing.

Five local boys will hope to use the home advantage against their opponents, of which four come from overseas countries and one from Ghana.

But then again, in boxing home advantage is more or less insignificant as over the years we have witnessed those opposed by hostile crowds of spectators coming out victorious.

Hotbox’s trio – Hekkie “The Hexecutioner” Budler, Kevin “KO Kid” Lerena and Ryno “The Lion” Liebenberg – under the guidance of trainer Colin Nathan will be in the spotlight for the night.

Budler will make his third title defence of the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) minimumweight championship in the main bout against Renan Trongco from Philippines.

On paper, the former IBO All-Africa light flyweight champion looks destined to cruise to victory against the inexperienced Trongco, but upsets are regular in boxing.

There is no better testimony to this than the Manny Pacquiao and Juan Marquez December 2012 contest, where against all odds Marquez surprised the boxing fraternity and knocked out cold the favoured Filipino in round six.

Having joined the Golden Gloves Promotions stable last year, cruiserweight power-puncher Ilunga Makabu will fight for the first time under the banner when he collides with Paraguayan Gogita Gorgiladze in pursuit of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) youth cruisersweight title.

The 19-year-old Gorgiladze is the youngest of all featured boxers on the bill and is six years younger than his opponent.

This is his chance to keep going with his undefeated streak, but the DRC-born and now South African-based Makabu will not be a walk in the park as someone who has tasted victory against tried and tested Danie Venter.

Makabu is also a promising cruiserweight prospect mentored by decorated trainer Harold Volbrecht.

Undefeated Ryno Liebenberg will go toe to toe with comparatively unknown Flash Issaka from Ghana in a quest to defend his IBO All-Africa light heavyweight title.

An advantage to Liebenberg is that he is in good shape and has been a regular in the ring as one of the few local boxers blessed with action.

This will be his fourth competitive brawl in seven months.

In another bout, Kevin Lerena, a rising star at the age of 21, will be put to the test against Javier Corrales and will look to reinforce his nickname as he shows off the five victories of his professional career, all of which came via the short route.

To conclude the bill, former South African lightweight champion Thompson Mokwana, who lost his title against the recently exposed for doping Viwe Mdletyeni, will hope not to be washed away by Matias “Tsunami” Gomez.

A win for Mokwana will help put out of his mind the unfair defeat to Mdletyeni and will be a positive step towards reclaiming his title.

Danger Zone Boxing Bill

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.