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Berman working towards a welterweight super-show

Exciting Thulani Mbenge, right, would be in the mix for a welterweight ‘Super Four’ tournament. Pic: N-Squared

The culmination of the “Super Four” is still over a month out, but already promoter Rodney Berman is playing around with the idea of doing a similar event at welterweight.

“You just can’t sit still in this sport,” he said at the weekend. “I’ve been thrilled by the response to the cruiserweight tournament. Why not do it at welter?”

Indeed, he already has four fighters in mind: Chris van Heerden, unbeaten hot prospect Thulani Mbenge – seven KOs in seven wins – and SA champion Shaun Ness with the fourth spot filled by a leading welterweight from Europe, most likely linked to Sauerland Promotions.

He would divide the spoils similar to the current event with the two top-seeded fighters earning R250 000 each for their first bout, the other two R150 000 each with the two winners fighting for a split of R1-million.

Of course, this being boxing, a number of permutations must fall into place. Van Heerden needs to overcome Sacky Shikukutu next month, Shaun Ness must remain champion and Mbenge must continue winning in style heading into 2017.

Fight publicist Brian Mitchell responded warmly to the concept. “This is what it’s all about! Four top fighters, all hungry for success. On paper Van Heerden would probably start as favourite, but with that kind of cash on offer, I wouldn’t rule anyone out. I really hope Rodney gets it on.”


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