Editors Comment

The boxing year ended in sensational style when the world’s number one pound-for-pound fighter Manny Pacquiao was knocked out cold in the sixth round by Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth fight.

A fifth fight is a must because no way can Pacman end his career like that.

0n the local scene Golden Gloves Promotions kicks off 2013 with an exciting five bout card at the Mecca of boxing, Emperors Palace on February 16.

Hekkie Budler defends his IBO belt against Renan Trongco from the Philippines. Kevin Lerena steps up for his first international fight and Ryno Liebenberg defends his IBO All Africa title.

The talented Ilunga Makabu who has recently joined the Golden Gloves stable will fight Gogito Gorgiladze from Georgia for the IBF youth world title.

On March 2 Chris Van Heerden the fighter with great work ethic defends his IBO welterweight belt against the experienced Mathew Hatton from Manchester, in which could prove to be a humdinger.

In the USA on the same night Tommy Oosthuizen will also be in action in what will be his seventh defence of the IBO super middleweight belt.

There is plenty more action in what the fans like when African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions puts on a Box and Dine tournament at Emperors Palace on 18 March.

Brian Mitchell

Devon Currer

I have been a fight fan from a very young age where my earliest memories of boxing is of being woken up by my father in the early hours of a Sunday morning to watch boxing from the States on TV. What was mainly about spending time with my dad (and enjoying his famous farmhouse fry-up breakfast) soon became an obsession with the sport. I train every day in a boxing gym and have also branched out to become an MC and the ring announcer for Cape Town Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts events. Aside from being a freelance boxing writer I will also be hosting an online boxing show to be launched on Counter Punch TV in the coming weeks this year. Bottom line – I live and breathe the sport, long live boxing!