Andre Kerr new promoter on the block - by Bongani Magasela
When new promoter Andre Kerr talks
about his passion for boxing, his eyes
glow with desire for success.
Andre has been a regular at
local tournaments together with his father,
friends and younger brother Chadwin.
As a servant of this sport, I would
greet them all but had no inkling that
this sleek dresser would one day become
a boxing promoter.
My friend, trainer Benny Pailman, who hones the skills of fighters with Cliff Martins and Peter Faver at the Westside Boxing Academy in Westbury, introduced me to this gentleman and to my surprise I subsequently learnt that Andre had been granted a boxing promoter’s license.
Many people have applied for a licence
and failed because of the stringent
requirements and the need for solid financial backing. Maybe the fact that he is the owner of one of the most successful funeral parlour’s in the country put him in good stead financially.
To display his financial muscle, Andre
staged a media briefing at Gold Reef
City, a venue that is normally beyond
the reach of established promoter’s
At the media briefing the soft spoken but confident Kerr warned that he wanted to be eventually counted with two top promoters in the country, Rodney Berman and Branco Milenkovic.
The response to his first
tournament which took
place on September 24, Heritage
day at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg was good and there was a fair crowd in attendance.
Pailman’s fighters Sipho
“Tsunami” Taliwe, Marcel
“Lights Out” Japtha”, Mkululeko
“Bull Dog” Mhlongo
won their fights against Nickolas Modibeng,
Victor Kota and Alvin Mahonisi, all inside the
Pailman’s other fighter Koos “The Last Warrior”
Sibiya was unlucky to share the spoils
with Themba Lesiba over six rounds while
Stephen “Skeleton” Ntshingila outpointed Kyle
Bothma in a closely contested six rounder.
Rising star Johnny Muller pulverized Sean
Santana, (no relations to Bafana Bafana
coach) inside a round in a heavyweight contest.
After the tournament Kerr said “That was just the introduction for Seconds Out Promotions, a lot is still to come” as he breathed a sigh of relief.