Johnny "The Hurricane" Muller joins Volbrecht - by Terry Pettifer
Exciting heavyweight prospect Johnny "The Hurricane" Muller (5-0-1, with 4 knockouts) has joined top trainer Harold Volbrecht! In announcing the news, two-time Hall of Famer Brian Mitchell said; "Yes, its very exciting indeed, especially since Harold will be training him and I've been assigned to manage Johnny's career".
Golden Gloves promoter Rodney Berman added; "I was informed of Muller's decision and naturally now that this powerful hitting fighter has teamed up with Mitchell and Volbrecht he will be promoted by GGP and occasionally African Ring."
At 19 years of age, Muller made his entry into professional boxing in 2009, reeling off four consecutive knockouts over the likes of Sheldon Human (W TKO 2), Kali Kelembe (W TKO 2), Robbie Lombard (W TKO 1), and Sean Santana (W TKO 1) before being forced to go the distance against the mammoth Mongezi Ndzamela (W 4). In his last fight he fought a 4-round draw with the experienced Wiseman Dlomo, even thought most observers felt that the Hurricane had done enough to cop the decision.
"Look at who Johnny's fought and compare the weight difference in those fight" said Mitchell. "He was outweighed by 11 Kg against Human, 11 Kg when he bombed out the greatly touted Lombard, a massive 25 kg when he beat Ndzamela and no less than 3 4 kg when he boxed Dlomo. To my way of thinking, Johnny should be campaigning as a cruiserweight, because he normally tips the scales at around 195-197 lb or if you will, 89 kg.
With an overall KO of 66.67%, the fiery Muller is certainly one of the most electrifying punchers on the local circuit and the Golden Gloves Promotional website www.goldengloves.co.za has been inundated with calls urging Promoter Rodney Berman to sign him up.
"Certain fighters are born destroyers and clearly Muller is one of them, what with his come forward, all-action style" said man-about-boxing Jeff Ellis. "Moreover he hits like apple-jack, but at this point in time Johnny definitely needs the correct type of guidance and coaching to further his career. I believe that with Volbrecht and Mitchell there to round off his undeniable promise, the Hurricane can become one of South Africa's most magnetic drawcards".
Muller's addition to the "Hammer" gymnasium, also means that the Volbrecht now trains some of the most vibrant fighters in the country, numbered among which Flo "The Demolition Man" Simba, Tommy "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen, Jared "The Storm" Lovett and Rupert "The Natural" van Aswegen are top-line performers. Then too, the former SA Welterweight champion also works in the corner with current IBO welterweight titleholder Lovemore Ndou, who is based in Australia, Rudy Bruwer and former national super middleweight boss Andre Thysse.