The Fireball Lights up Presleys
The Fireball shows worth
Action at Presleys in Boksburg, put together by BRD Promotions this week didn’t disappoint. Several fighters turned in promising performances on a bill geared at developing young careers. Grant The Fireball Fourie stole the show with his sterling performance.
Of the seven bouts on the card, four resulted in exciting stoppages as punches found their targets and got the crowd on their feet.
Grant The Fireball Fourie had far too much heat. Dominating with his left hand, in his junior- welterweight clash against Evans Mamaleka. The fighter, who got back on the winning trail with a stoppage, needed until one minute and 33 seconds of the third round to halt the action as he floored his opponent four times in a short period.
After a tentative start, it was a left hook to the side of the head that sent Mamaleka down as if he had been shot. He did well to recover quickly. Regaining his footing he was sent straight back to the canvas, this time face first, with another left hook finding the mark.
Dowayne Combrink kept his unbeaten tag when disposing of Elvis Ndlovu in their junior-middleweight bout. Combrink dominated throughout, landing punches at will before catching his opponent with a big right hand at 2:58 of the fourth round. In a clash of the cruiserweights, Deon Coetzee scored a stoppage win over Roedolf Venter midway through their scheduled six round contest with his body attack proving the undoing of his more experienced opponent.
In the evening’s opening bout Christo Smith managed to stop debutant Alfonzo Tissen 2:49 into the third round of their super-middleweight clash.
The evening may have got off to a disappointing start for fans of the Bronx Gym but debutant Shannon Strydom quickly put smiles on faces as he outpointed Geobane Nkabi to get his career off to a positive start in the junior-welterweight division.
Nerves may have gotten the better of trainer Gert Strydom’s son in the first round. He got tagged early, but from then on out it was all Strydom as he found his range, and timing, forcing his opponent’s left eye to swell shut en route to scores of 39-37; 39-37 and 40-36.
In other fights on the night, welterweights Stone van Aswegen and Masterd Mangaladza fought to a draw while Walter Dlamini won as he pleased on the judge’s scorecards against Simon Mokwena.