Mission Top 10.
That’s Rodney Berman’s aim when he attends the World Boxing Council’s annual convention in Miami in early December.
He will be presenting a case on behalf of five of his fighters, urging the world body to give them favourable rankings. Three of the boxers are already rated – Kevin Lerena (13), Hekkie Budler (eight) and Xolisani Ndongeni (20).
He wants to push the cases of Lerena and Ndongeni especially, as both are worthy top-tenners.
What’s more, he says the total absence of Simpiwe Konkco’s name from the top 40 is iniquitous. His weekend win over Nkosinathi Joyi will provide ample ammunition for the promoter. Berman has already spoken to Dr Peter Ngatane, the WBC’s Africa representative, saying that a case could be made for a top 10 ranking. “He probably deserves to be in the top five,” added Berman.
Not forgetting Ryno Liebenberg who unfathomably also doesn’t merit a mention in the top 40. Berman has already had dialogue with the WBC over his omission. He says they lent a sympathetic ear in light of the controversy surrounding his two most recent fights.
“It’s vital to attend such affairs,” explained Berman. “Letter and phone calls are one thing, but actually being there arguing your case is the way to get things done. Fortunately, I have an outstanding relationship with the WBC and look forward to meeting up with old friends.”