Budler Scores 23rd Win at Danger Zone
Budler Headlines Danger Zone at Emperors Palace
IBO Straw-weight Champion Hekkie Budler claimed his 23rd win in front of a capacity crowd at Emperors Palace on Saturday 16 February. Budler was on top form and beat out a tough Renan Trongco from the Philippines with a unanimous point’s decision; 117-111, 117-111, 118-110. Budler’s counter punching and great movement made the fight the thrilling. Promoter Rodney Berman from Golden Gloves described Budler’s bout as ‘one of the most entertaining displays of his career’. Trongco looked for a knockout in the latter rounds however Budler proved too smart for the Filipino and has once again successfully defended his title.
A fight that drew many fans to the event was Kevin Lerena versus Javier Corrales. While Lerena’s career has lived up to his nickname “The KO Kid’ this fight became the first to go the distance, much to the crowd’s surprise who had seemingly underestimated a pudgy Corrales. Corrales was able, on several occasions, to make Lerena’s life difficult. Corrales took heavy hitter Lerena’s blows and obliged Lerena with a few of his own. Ultimately Lerena’s hand speed served him well and he was awarded the victory on points.
Super prospect Ilunga ‘Junior’ Makabu was crowned the IBF Youth Cruiserweight Champion earlier in the evening after brutally beating 19 year old Gogito Gorgiladze. Makabu, who is tipped to be the next big thing, casually danced around an overwhelmed Gorgiladze. Wisely Gorgiladze’s corner threw in the towel in in the fourth round, with a broken nose Gorgiladze was viciously beaten by Makabu.
Ryno Liebenberg squared up against ancient looking Ghanaian Flash Issaka. Many fans pitied Issaka as he stood no chance against Liebenberg. Liebenberg completely dominated the fight and knocked Issaka clean out of the ring and onto a BSA doctor. Many laughed at Issaka who sat outside the ring as referee Tony Nyangiwe stopped the fight.
The South’s very own superstar Paul Kamanga remained unbeaten after out boxing Zan Jonker. The welterweight clash proved to be the most entertaining of the night and the fighters traded blows over the full six rounds. Kamanga – also a hot prospect and crowd favourite, fought intelligently and displayed a mature strength throughout the fight. Kamanga and trainer Anton Gilmore celebrated as it was announced that they had emerged victorious with a unanimous decision in points. (59-55, 59-55, 60-54)