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Editors Comment

In the absence of Editor-in-Chief Brian Mitchell, who was still attending his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, your publisher was left with the duty of compiling this month’s editorial. To say that these are exciting times in South African boxing would be an understatement! Indeed your publisher is tremendously excited at present, especially in view of the fact that more and more local boxers are featuring in the world rankings.

What with the TRIPLE THUNDER event at Emperors Palace Casino foremost in the public spotlight, it figures that most of the attention will be firmly glued to the happenings at South Africa’s “Mecca of Boxing” on July 11, and as such this
month’s publication devoted a fair degree of space to the electrifying spectacle.

The likes of Simphiwe Vetyeka, Jared Lovett, Tommy Oosthuizen, Lovemore Ndou, Hekkie Budler and Phillip Ndou are all local fighters looking to make us proud and their respective performances on the night of July 11 will undoubtedly do just

Alas though, in this game there has to be winner and a loser and garlands and plaudits aside, the ultimate victors will be sure to realize the fruits of their triumphant labours, and the lucrative rewards that follow. Yet, in this case there is also hope for the runners up, since Golden Gloves Promoter Rodney Berman has already promised the losers of Lovett versus Oosthuizen and Ndou versus Ndou further outings in the not-too distant future!

As it is at least two South Africans are definitely assured of winning IBO world championship belts on the night (Ndou against Ndou and Lovett against Oosthuizen) while a third, Simphiwe Vetyeka is highly fancied to defeat Eric Barcelona of the Philippines.

Across the ocean in the United States, Isaac Hlatshwayo will be battling valiantly to claim the vacant IBF welterweight crown on August 1 when he takes on Delvin Rodriguez in a return match that could again go down to the wire. There previous contest ended in a contentious draw over 12 rounds.

In this our third issue of African Ring, (since the magazine’s re-launch in May) we have afforded readers another interesting blend of material, combining historical as well as current articles, ideally designed to evoke comment, albeit of a critical
nature. Didn’t someone once say that controversy is the lifeblood of sport?

The goings on at Emperors Palace in July will naturally receive comprehensive coverage in the next edition of African Ring and we can gladly report that a number of our regular contributors will be covering various aspects of the tournament, from ringside reports to post-fight comments. Bearing this in mind, don’t miss the August issue of African Ring, it will be a cracker!

Jeff Ellis