The year 2011 has been a good one for boxing with many up and coming fighters joining the pro-ranks, but the year has ended on a rather sad note with the recent death of one of the legends of the ring, "Smokin" Joe Frasier. He died of liver cancer at the age of 67.
In 1971 as a 10 year old boy I had been boxing for a year when I heard about the great Joe Frazier beating the legendary Muhammad Ali.
I am of the opinion that he would have had the beating of most of the heavyweights around today.
On a more positive note we look forward to the return of Tommy Gun Oosthuizen, back in SA after his win against world rated Aaron Pryor Jr in Biloxi, USA on September 3.
Oosthuizen will be back in action when he defends his IBO super middleweight belt against the big punching Mexican Francisco Sierra on November 23 on the "Grand Slam" tournament at Emperors Palace.
Lou DiBella CEO of DiBella Entertainment was so impressed with the 23-year-old Boksburg southpaw that he has offered Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions some tentative dates for 2012 to showcase Tommy on HBO television together with some of his other fighters, including Sergio Martinez the WBC Diamond Belt middleweight champion who is rated as the number one middleweight in the world.
On November 30 Uncle Jeff Ellis of African Ring Promotions presents his annual Christmass Cracker tournament at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park with a Box and Dine showcasing some of South Africa's young talent in eight bouts.
Jeff has also promised a party of note with the well known Clint & Co providing the entertainment for the evening.
The Golden Gloves team will travel to Dikebu near Hammanskraal on December 3 to take boxing to the people. This will be a first for the area with exiting light heavyweight prospect Ryno Liebenberg and trainer Colin Nathan, together with other trainers showing off their boxing skills and expertise to the youngsters.
Golden Glove Promotions together with Emperors Palace as part of their social responsibility hope to do more exhibition shows around the country in 2012.
We look forward to 2012 with many good boxing tournaments and may you have a great festive season, and drive safely wherever you are going.