Posterity will recall that 2009 was a great year for the
sport of boxing, and anyone who doubts that, only has to
look at the huge fanfare and interest the game generated
both here and abroad. On the international scene, Manny
“Pacman” Pacquiao proved conclusively that he’s not only
the greatest pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, but
in becoming the first boxer in history to win six world
titles in six different weight divisions, he set a new benchmark
in the roped arena.
Undoubtedly a Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather
crunch fight in 2010, will serve to not only clarify
the legacy of both fighter’s, but also establish an unprecedented
record in terms of purse monies. How much
the two superstars will garner for such a contest, can only
be guessed upon, but don’t be surprised if they earn in
excess of $20-million each. Phew!
The local fight scene has been notably reignited by the
explosive presence of several burgeoning stars, like WBA
Pan African super middleweight champion Tommy
“Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen, WBC International light heavyweight
titleholder Isaac “The Golden Boy” Chilemba and IBO Africa junior flyweight kingpin Hekkie “Hex-ecutioner” Budler, while the electrifying Tshifhiwa “Atomic
Spider” Munyai looks to be a potential international drawcard, especially in view of his kudos as both a Commonwealth and WBA Intercontinental bantamweight
One of the most exciting talents of all, however, is
heavyweight prospect Flo “The Demolition Man” Simba,
who fashioned an impressive 1st round knockout victory
in his debut performance at Emperors Palace. Age 20, Simba could become a bona fide contender for world honours in two or three years, depending on his rate of
progress. Other outstanding achievements in 2009 were Simphiwe Nongqayi winning the IBF Junior bantamweight Belt and Isaac Hlatshwayo capturing the IBF Welterweight Belt.
That South Africa figures to produce more box-office
magnets during 2010, looks relatively certain, and two of
the most appealing young starlets on the horizon are
Jason “Badman” Bedeman, who’s the current IBO Africa lightweight champion, and Joey Stiglingh, a wicked hitting featherweight with lightning fast hands.
Then too, embattled cruiserweight prospect Jared “The
Storm” Lovett, will need to refashion both his career goals
and personal outlook next year, after a several unfortunate
out-of-the-ring incidents, but given Lovett’s degree
of natural talent, there’s no reason why he cannot bounce
back with the proverbial bang!
Another very exciting young fighter is heavyweight Johnny Mulder, whose power punching and killer instinct has already made him a firm favourite among acolytes who appreciate the “knock-em-down, drag-em-out” routine of the prize ring!
IBO Lightweight Champion Mlungisi Dlamini is another
star on the horizon.
The staff of African Ring would like to take this opportunity
to wish all our readers a Merry Xmas and a Happy
New year, and remember not to drink and drive!