A twin world championship bill, plus a power-packed undercard. This is the pledge from Golden Gloves ahead of its next extravaganza, set for Emperors Palace on June 6.
While conceding that the situation is fluid, particularly with regard to Tommy Oosthuizen, promoter Rodney Berman said the plan was to feature both him and Hekkie Budler in a table-topping tournament.
Budler’s last three championship fights all took place in Monte Carlo and Berman feels that the man who made Emperors Palace his spiritual home deserves a return there.
WBA and IBO champion Budler has embellished his status as the world’s premium minimumweight fighter, having won 11 of 12 world championship fights dating back five years. Golden Gloves is known to be pushing for a unification fight, but the politricks of boxing and the vagaries of the sport mean that nothing can be taken as certain.
Oosthuizen, meanwhile, is being courted by Al Haymon, so that position may also change.
Rejuvenated Johnny Muller is in line for an appearance in an intriguing all-South African clash on the undercard, but first he must overcome Donald Kampamba of Zambia in a rematch next month.
Xolisani Ndongeni, the exciting Eastern Cape lightweight who has caused such a buzz in local boxing, will make his Gauteng debut when he fights for the WBA’s Pan-African belt.
And provided he comes through next month’s SA debut, Kazakh prospect Roman Zhailauov will add colour to the June show with his exciting style, honed in the tough environs of Eastern Europe.