In the absence of Editor-in-Chief Brian Mitchell, who was still
attending his induction into the International Boxing Hall of
Fame, your publisher was left with the duty of compiling this
month’s editorial. To say that these are exciting times in South
African boxing would be an understatement! Indeed your publisher
is tremendously excited at present, especially in view of
the fact that more and more local boxers are featuring in the
What with the TRIPLE THUNDER event at Emperors
Palace Casino foremost in the public spotlight, it figures that
most of the attention will be firmly glued to the happenings at
South Africa’s “Mecca of Boxing” on July 11, and as such this
month’s publication devoted a fair degree of space to the electrifying spectacle.
The likes of Simphiwe Vetyeka, Jared Lovett, Tommy Oosthuizen,
Lovemore Ndou, Hekkie Budler and Phillip Ndou are
all local fighters looking to make us proud and their respective
performances on the night of July 11 will undoubtedly do just
Alas though, in this game there has to be winner and a loser and garlands and plaudits aside, the ultimate victors will be sure to realize the fruits of their triumphant labours, and the lucrative rewards that follow. Yet, in this case there is also hope for the runners up, since Golden Gloves Promoter Rodney Berman has already promised the losers of Lovett versus Oosthuizen and Ndou versus Ndou further outings in the not-too distant future!
As it is at least two South Africans are definitely assured of
winning IBO world championship belts on the night (Ndou
against Ndou and Lovett against Oosthuizen) while a third,
Simphiwe Vetyeka is highly fancied to defeat Eric Barcelona
of the Philippines.
Across the ocean in the United States, Isaac Hlatshwayo will be battling valiantly to claim the vacant IBF welterweight crown on August 1 when he takes on Delvin Rodriguez in a return match that could again go down to the wire. There previous contest ended in a contentious draw over 12 rounds.
In this our third issue of African Ring, (since the magazine’s
re-launch in May) we have afforded readers another interesting
blend of material, combining historical as well as current articles,
ideally designed to evoke comment, albeit of a critical
nature. Didn’t someone once say that controversy is the lifeblood of sport?
The goings on at Emperors Palace in July will naturally receive comprehensive coverage in the next edition of African Ring and we can gladly report that a number of our regular contributors will be covering various aspects of the tournament, from ringside reports to post-fight comments. Bearing this in mind, don’t miss the August issue of African Ring, it will be a cracker!