Boxing in South Africa is at its lowest ebb since the Second World War with fewer tournaments and less active fighters due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To date there have only been 20 tournaments in South Africa and 269 active fighters with 213 of those being from South Africa, as advised by Andre de Vries of Boxing SA.
These are alarming statistics with a lot of South African fighters being on the breadline.
However, Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions – whose first venture into professional boxing took place on August 29, 1977 when Charlie Weir knocked out Bushy Bester in the first round at the Wembley Ice Rink in Turfontein – continues to produce quality tournaments.
His next tournament named “Triple Threat” with two South African title fights takes place at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on September 25 and will be televised live on SuperSport.
In the main event Simon Dladla (6-1; 5) defends his South African junior middleweight title against the No 3 listed challenger Shervantaight Koopman (7-0; 5). Both fighters are big punchers, and this could develop into an exciting slugfest.
The second South African title fight on the bill is between No 1 rated Frank Rodrigues (7-3; 4) and Cowin Ray (6-0; 4), who is listed at No 3, for the vacant South African super middleweight title.
On the undercard in a heavyweight bout scheduled for six rounds Wilhelm Nebe (5-0; 4) goes in against Josh Pretorius (7-5; 5), who in his most recent fight lost on points against Tian Fick in a clash for the vacant South African heavyweight title.
In an eight-round junior bantamweight bout Ricardo Malijika (7-1; 5) hopes to get his career back on track after coming off a loss when he goes in against Khaylethu Mbedie (2-5-1; 1).
Other bouts on the card are: Junior welterweight Xolani Selimane v Nthethelelo Nkosi; Middleweight Thando Mali v Phikelani Terence Khumalo; Catchweight at 54.5kg Juan Croukamp v Jono Grose.
Josh Warrinton vs Mauricio Lara
In a rematch former IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington (30-1-1; 7) and Mauricio Lara (23-2-1; 16) fought to a second-round technical draw on Septmber 4 at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds, England. After a clash of heads Lara sustained a deep over his left eye and the fight was called off.
Katie Taylor vs Jennifer Han
In a woman’s bout Katie Taylor (19-0; 6) retained her WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight belts with a ten round unanimous points decision against Jennifer Han (18-4-1; 1) on the same card.
The WBC No 11, WBA No 12 and WBO No 13, welterweight contender Conor “The Destroyer” Benn (19-0; 12) won on a ten-round points decision against Adrian “El Tigre” Granados (21-9-3; 15) to retain the WBC Continental title. The scores were 100-90, 99-91 and 97-93.
Maxi Hughes (24-5-2; 5) won the IBO lightweight belt with a 12-round unanimous points decision over Jovanni Straffon (24-4-1; 17). The scores were 120-107 twice and 119-109.
Alex Vargas vs Alejandro Munera
Junior welterweight Alex “El Toro” Vargas (11-0; 4) won on a six-round unanimous points decision over Alejandro Munera (6-3-4; 5) at the Star Boxing “Rockin’ Fights 39” card at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York, on September 4. All three judges scored it 60-54.
Julius Indongo vs Hassan MwakinyoFormer WBA/WBC/WBO and IBF junior welterweight champion, the 38-year-old Julius Indongo 23-4; 12 was stopped in the fourth round by Hassan Mwakinyo 20-2; 14 on Septmber 3 at the Kilimanjaro Hall in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. Indongo has now lost four of his last five fights. – SuperSport