“The Three Musketeers” - by Bongani Magasela
When one mentions Westbury, one
thinks of gangsters and hardened
criminals who drink blood for spiritual
Hey that was then, we are talking
I mean the modern Westside, my broer, die kassie van Cameron “Kangaroo” Adams, Wayne “Poier” Martins, Peter “Kosh” Favor and Charlie “Champ” Borias.
These ouens het gerol, ek sê. Hulle
was nie bang. Hulle het vuiste geslaan
binne and buite die ring.
These guys and others had bloody wars in the streets but hey it was
When Adams disappeared, some
guys tried but were not successful in
becoming champions. It was until Earl
Morais who gave that so called
coloured kassie a new meaning.
Trained by Reggie Healey, a former
gang member, Morais won the SA
cruiserweight belt which he defended
four times. He lost it in his fifth defense
to Baldwin Tshiakale.
Morais is retired. However now there
is an emerging youngster. His name is
Marcel Japhta. A rock-solid yet goodlooking fighter, who has unnoticeably
taken over from Morais.
Tall and athletic, Japhta, made an impression by winning the Baby Champs featherweight belt in 2007 and he followed up with the Gauteng strap which he vacated early this year due to no challenges.
Japhta regained the Gauteng title amateur
fighters, are from Noordgesig
(Bulte — geen rus
nog minner stulte).
These are the guys who
masterminded Morais’ demise.
“Black Stone” Tshiakale from
Limpopo was their fighter. This
achievement was considered a
fluke, but Pailman, Martins
and Favor went on to produce
Japhta and Nkululeko “Bull
Dog” Mhlongo (2007 Baby
Champs junior middleweight).
Pailman “Bernster” in particular,
has done pretty well for
himself and his hard work has
been noticed by other trainers
who have roped him in when
their fighters were involved in
world title fights outside the
country - those are Silence
Mabuza, Takalani Ndlovu,
Peter Mashamaite. Recently he helped Gert Strydom in the corner of Malcolm Klassen who ended the reign of Cassius Baloyi as the IBF holder.
Today Pailman, Martins and Favor
are counted alongside the list of
achievers. They have also co-hosted
professional tournaments with Tesbo
and People Promotions.
Sadly though Pailman, Martins and
Favor have not impressed the committee
of the annual awards committee.
The only thing I can say to the THREE MUSKETEERS is “Ouens, gaan maar aan. Hulle tyd sal kom.”
I take my leave.