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Five South Africans in Ring's rankings

2015-08-17 12:41
Hekkie Budler (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Five South Africans, including nuggety No 1 strawweight Hekkie Budler are included in Ring magazine's latest  Top 10 world rankings - widely considered the most authorative and respected of the many bandied about in boxing.

Apart from Budler, who also holds WBA and IBO titles, the other South Africans singled out by Ring are Zolani Tete, fourth-ranked in the junior bantamweight division; Simpiwe Vetyeka (featherweight) and Moruti Mthalane (flyweight) at both sixth in their respective divisions and Tommy Oosthuizen the 10th light-heavyweight in spite of coming into the ring over-weight in his last bout and consequently surrendering his IBO title.

Not included, however, is Eastern Cape fighter Simphiwe Khonco who challenges Budler for his WBA and IBO titles at Emperors Palace on the outskirts of OR Tambo Airport on Saturday, September 19.

Despite the impressive statistic not having lost a fight in six years in an eight-year career that boasts 15 wins and four defeats, Khonco, nicknamed "Chain Reaction", remains something of an enigma.

Apart from his first bout, a four-rounder in Mmabatho in 2007, Khonco has not fought out of his Eastern Cape fortress, with none of his various opponents being widely acclaimed and the split-decision verdict in one of his most recent fights was of a highly controversial nature.

Khonco, therefore, rates as something of an unknown quantity against the gritty, never-say-die Budler, who has lost only once in 29 outings - with "Chain Reaction" out to prove that his winning streak is just that.

No South African has been included in many decades among Ring's top 10 world pound-for-pound fighters, which are currently headed by Floyd Mayweather, with Budler, perhaps, closest to breaking the elusive barrier if he can hold onto the WBA crown and go on to unite the strawweight divisions with further titles in the WBC, IBF and WBO divisions.

Meanwhile, the inclusion by the five South Africans in Ring's various weight division rankings, can be considered a feather in their caps in itself.

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