SA champ promises to send opponent home with his head hanging in shame

2013-10-30 16:54

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Hekkie “The Hex” Budler, the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) minimumweight champion, says he will send his opponent, Hugo “El Tano” Verchelli, back to Argentina with his head hanging in shame.

At a press conference hosted at Colin Nathan’s HotBox Gym in Joburg today, the 25-year-old Budler promised that Verchelli, who is his interim World Boxing Association (WBA) counterpart, said: “I’m more hungry every time I step into the ring, that boy will not stand a chance.”

If he wins the WBA interim title held by his opponent, Budler will be one step closer to laying his hands on the WBA world title belt.

Nathan, Budler’s chief trainer, admitted that there was no room for error at this level and added that his pugilist needed to keep winning as he has been doing since 2011.

He said: “The aim is to keep the momentum going and ensure that Hekkie is as active as possible and then money and more belts shall follow.”

In 24 outings since turning pro, Budler won 23 (six by KO), and lost a single contest.

Meanwhile, IBO middleweight king Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen will hope to defend his title when he collides with Verchelli’s homeboy, Ezequiel “El Olímpico” Maderna.

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