Having got back on the winning track, Ryno Liebenberg could be catapulted into the big time if plans for a major fight come together.
Golden Gloves is in negotiations with Sauerland Promotions for Liebenberg to face unbeaten Erik Skoglund of Sweden before the year’s end.
While Liebenberg was winning the South African light-heavyweight championship last month, Skoglund was making waves in his home country by moving to 24-0 with a comprehensive points victory over Oleksandr Cherviak.
Skoglund’s fight was the first over championship distance in Sweden since Jimmy Ellis defended the world heavyweight title with a 15-round decision over Floyd Patterson in 1968.
The Swede is 23-0 (11 KOs) with his best win coming against former champion Glen Johnson last year.
Skoglund, 24, is rated number four by the IBF and number 11 by the WBC.
“I think Ryno has shown to be a cut above domestic level,” said Berman. “He’s always fit, comes to fight and showed against Tommy Oosthuizen that he can mix it at the highest level. Skoglund is one of Europe’s best prospects, but his reputation won’t bother Ryno. We’re still talking, but I’m hoping we can do a deal before long.”
The only two reverses on Liebenberg’s ledger came against Eleider Alvarez, who chopped him down in Monte Carlo 11 months ago, and Tommy Oosthuizen, whom he pushed hard earlier this year.
“I’d really like a title shot,” he said after beating Makhosandile Zwengu at Emperors Palace. “I’m not getting any younger. The truth is, I’ll fight anyone at light-heavy. No-one scares me.”
Here’s hoping Golden Gloves can make the Skoglund fight happen.