Budler tops SA rankings

Hekkie Budler (Gallo Images)
Hekkie Budler (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - WBA and IBO champion Hekkie Budler heads the list of six South Africans who appear in Ring Magazine's authoritative world rankings this week.

The nuggety boxer, who cemented a widely-accepted status as the leading strawweight fighter in the world with his recent convincing points victory over China's former WBC champion Xiong Zhao Zhong in Monte Carlo, is Ring's number one contender for the vacant title in boxing's lightest weight division.

Ring also ranked IBF champion Zolani Tete as the number four junior bantamweight; Moruti Mthalane (flyweight) and Jeffrey Mathebula (junior featherweight) in number six positions; featherweight Simpiwe Vetyeka as the number seven featherweight contender and Thabiso Mchunu at number eight in the competitive cruiserweight division.

Although South African boxing is widely considered to be in the doldrums, with crowd attendances and interest a far cry from the past, the status accorded by Ring to the top six local fighters indicates there is little wrong with the standard of fighters.

This was further confirmed with Mthalane's impressive victory over highly-regarded Mexican Odilon Zaleta at the Durban Convention Centre three weeks ago.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
42% - 8893 votes
Cricket
11% - 2288 votes
Football
19% - 4059 votes
Athletics
2% - 526 votes
Boxing
1% - 188 votes
Cycling
2% - 492 votes
Golf
5% - 1038 votes
Motorsport
9% - 1798 votes
Tennis
3% - 723 votes
Water sports
1% - 196 votes
American sports
1% - 263 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 668 votes
Vote