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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 cheque books.

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 distance.

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.