He’s big – 2,07m and 130kg – and likes to fight.
This weekend, South Africans can see for themselves for the first time when heavyweight Ruann Visser has his first local pro bout. The 24-year-old fights on the undercard of the “D-Day at the Palace” event on June 6.
Fighting as the “Giant King”, Visser turned pro in the US last year and reeled off four quick wins in Texas. His fifth and most recent fight ended in a “no contest”, preserving his unbeaten run.
Claiming an amateur record of 16-0, Visser claimed some notoriety two years ago when his bid for a pro license was thrown out after he decked his opponent at the trials and then clobbered him while he was on his knee. The Mpumalanga-born boxer was luckier the second time round, later opting to pursue his paid career in the US.
Limited fight footage shows a fighter keen to mix it, but with plenty of rough edges to smooth over before he takes on even fringe contenders.
Since recently returning to SA he has trained with Harold Volbrecht, who famously took another heavyweight, Corrie Sanders, to a world championship.
Visser fights Steve Shumba in a four-rounder, while the card is topped by the IBO light-heavyweight clash between Tommy Oosthuizen and Robert Berridge of New Zealand.