Not for the first time, Golden Gloves has come up with a top incentive to ensure good action at Emperors Palace on October 21.
The best performing fighters on the nursery show will be given a spot on the December 8 super bill – “Repeat or Revenge”, headlined by the Thabiso Mchunu-Tommy Oosthuizen rematch and Thulani Mbenge’s IBO welterweight title defence.
“There are several openings,” said promoter Rodney Berman. “These smaller shows traditionally produce great action, so I’ll be looking closely to see who shapes up.”
There’s thus greater pressure on top prospects like Keaton Gomes, Jabulani Makhense, Boyd Allen and Ricardo Malajika, who can all finish the year on a flourish.
The event has already attracted plenty of attention with the aforementioned quartet all boasting substantial followings. Such shows also produce good fights, chiefly because in four-rounders every single round is so valuable across a short time span.
Meanwhile, Berman jetted off to Kiev last night to plead the case for several of SA’s top boxers at the World Boxing Council convention.