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Editors Comment

Well the time has come and the world’s biggest event is happening right here in SA. Having lived in San Diego and Florida U.S.A periodically with my family I got to love the American way of being patriotic with the display of their countries flag. As South African’s we seem to have adopted the same attitude as we approach the kickoff to the FIFA World Cup 2010.

Wherever I drive I see our national flag displayed on houses, buildings and cars .It’s absolutely amazing and makes me feel so proud of our Rainbow Nation. The-”WOW” factor has definitely arrived, well done South Africa.

Back to boxing, I had a pleasant surprise in October while attending the World Boxing Hall of Fame induction when I bumped into my old ring rival Tony “The Tiger” Lopez. What an awesome experience to meet up with him 18 years after our two World Title fights in Sacramento U.S.A. in 1991.

This time however it was a meeting of respect for one another as former World Champions. I always told my family that I would love to meet up with Tony one day and get to know him as a person, he turned out to be a thorough gentleman.

On page 18 is a picture of my wife Juanita alongside the first women boxer ever to be inducted to the World Boxing Hall of Fame, Lucia Rijker. Lucia is famous for beating Hilary Swank in the award winning Clint Eastwood movie Million Dollar aby.

It is good to see my friend and ex-trainer Harold Volbrecht doing so well again. He has brought a new inspiration to the South of Johannesburg. Training out of The Sport and Fitness Club adjacent to the Rand Stadium, co-owned by Clive de Vos and Clinton Borchers. Harold has no fewer than 20 young aspiring professionals under his wing. The gym is pumping and the fighters just keep getting better
and better.

Last but not least, African Ring publisher and promoter Jeff Ellis received a Special Achievement Award from Boxing South Africa for his contribution to boxing. Jeff also received a Special Achievement Award in 1995. Well done Jeff.

Happy reading.

Brian Mitchell