Editors Comment

Posterity will recall that 2009 was a great year for the sport of boxing, and anyone who doubts that, only has to look at the huge fanfare and interest the game generated both here and abroad. On the international scene, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao proved conclusively that he’s not only the greatest pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, but in becoming the first boxer in history to win six world titles in six different weight divisions, he set a new benchmark in the roped arena.

Undoubtedly a Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather crunch fight in 2010, will serve to not only clarify the legacy of both fighter’s, but also establish an unprecedented record in terms of purse monies. How much the two superstars will garner for such a contest, can only be guessed upon, but don’t be surprised if they earn in excess of $20-million each. Phew!

The local fight scene has been notably reignited by the explosive presence of several burgeoning stars, like WBA Pan African super middleweight champion Tommy “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen, WBC International light heavyweight
titleholder Isaac “The Golden Boy” Chilemba and IBO Africa junior flyweight kingpin Hekkie “Hex-ecutioner” Budler, while the electrifying Tshifhiwa “Atomic
Spider” Munyai looks to be a potential international drawcard, especially in view of his kudos as both a Commonwealth and WBA Intercontinental bantamweight

One of the most exciting talents of all, however, is heavyweight prospect Flo “The Demolition Man” Simba, who fashioned an impressive 1st round knockout victory
in his debut performance at Emperors Palace. Age 20, Simba could become a bona fide contender for world honours in two or three years, depending on his rate of
progress. Other outstanding achievements in 2009 were Simphiwe Nongqayi winning the IBF Junior bantamweight Belt and Isaac Hlatshwayo capturing the IBF Welterweight Belt.

That South Africa figures to produce more box-office magnets during 2010, looks relatively certain, and two of the most appealing young starlets on the horizon are
Jason “Badman” Bedeman, who’s the current IBO Africa lightweight champion, and Joey Stiglingh, a wicked hitting featherweight with lightning fast hands.

Then too, embattled cruiserweight prospect Jared “The Storm” Lovett, will need to refashion both his career goals and personal outlook next year, after a several unfortunate out-of-the-ring incidents, but given Lovett’s degree of natural talent, there’s no reason why he cannot bounce back with the proverbial bang!

Another very exciting young fighter is heavyweight Johnny Mulder, whose power punching and killer instinct has already made him a firm favourite among acolytes who appreciate the “knock-em-down, drag-em-out” routine of the prize ring!

IBO Lightweight Champion Mlungisi Dlamini is another star on the horizon.

The staff of African Ring would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a Merry Xmas and a Happy New year, and remember not to drink and drive!

Brian Mitchell.