South Africa

Golden Gloves seek UK Gold

2014-09-25 13:05
Rodney Berman (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Having already set up a successful base in Monte Carlo, Golden Gloves promoter Rodney Berman is set to stage tournaments in the English market.

Berman, who already secured an English promotional licence for Golden Gloves, said there would be a major announcement in this respect next week.

"Boxing is booming in Britain," said Berman.

"And it makes good sense to share in the action. But it will also be a much-needed boost for South African fighters."

Berman said the rand-dollar exchange rate made hosting top-rated fighters in South Africa a problem, and was the main reason for moving the fights abroad.

"Golden Gloves outlets in Monte Carlo and England will now provide them with additional opportunities to break into the big-time and secure profitable international recognition."

However, the promoter said this would not curb his South African activity at his long-term tournament headquarters at Emperors Palace, next to OR Tambo International Airport.

Golden Gloves are promoting a tournament at Emperors Palace on Monday night featuring unbeaten cruiserweight Kevin Lerena and former IBF champion Malcolm Klassen.

Berman is also putting his two current top drawcards on the line in Monte Carlo where WBA and IBO strawweight champion Hekkie Budler and WBC Silver light-heavyweight champion Rayno Liebenberg will be fighting on October 25.

Budler will be defending his titles against China's former WBC champion, Xiong Zhao Zhong, while Liebenberg, fresh from his success over Russian Denis Grachev at Emperors Palace in August, will come up against another unbeaten fighter in the highly-rated Canadian-based Colombian Eleider Alvarez.

Berman is a co-promoter of the tournament at the Salles des Etoiles in Monte Carlo. Defeat for either Budler or Liebenberg on foreign soil would dent their image and jeopardise the big plans Golden Gloves had for them.

Berman, however, expressed confidence his two trump cards would win in Monte Carlo.

Apart from his WBA and IBO belts, Budler is ranked number one strawweight in the world by Ring Magazine.

Unlike Budler, Liebenberg will be coming up against a fighter on the up.

Liebenberg is rated sixth by the WBC and Alvarez is at number 11. Ring Magazine however ranks the Colombian among their top 10 light-heavyweights, with Liebenberg not listed.

Read more on:    rodney berman  |  boxing

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

How excited are you about the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.