By Ron Jackson
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced details of the Nashua Super 8 “Last Man Standing” tournament to be held at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on September 22. Top of the five fight bill will be the highly anticipated match-up between former South African light heavyweight champion Johnny Muller and rising star Ryno Liebenberg for the vacant IBO All Africa light heavyweight title.
Muller who has a record of 11 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws with 8 wins inside the distance, won the vacant SA light heavyweight title in November 2010 when he stopped Ronnie Lategan in the first round and made a successful defence against Roedolf Venter.
In his second defence he was smashed to defeat inside three rounds by Tshepang Mohale.
However, he has got his career back on track since his only loss and has scored good wins over Donald Kampamba and Khayeni Hlungwana.
Liebeberg 8-0; 5 made his pro debut in July 2010 with a third round knockout over Caster Ndou and then beat his next three opponents all in side the distance before coming up against Tshepang Mohale in an eight round non title contest on August 29, 2011.
The big punching Mohale came into the fight with 10-3-1 record which included the stoppage of Muller.
In a war of attrition Liebenberg was knocked down in the first round and after taking a battering in rounds two and three it was doubtful that he would last the distance.
However, he showed tremendous courage to come back into the fight and score a spectacular knockout in the sixth round.
In his most recent fight in July this year he showed maturity when he outpointed the capable Tineyi Maridzo over eight rounds.
IBO minimumweight champion Hekkie Budler 20-1; 6 makes the first defence of his belt against the experienced Filipino Florante Condes 25-6-1; 21 and former IBF junior lightweight champion Mzonke Fana 31-4; 13 challenges Sipho Taliwe 15-2-1; 10 for the WBC International junior lightweight title.
Also on the bill are the semi-final fights of the “Last Man Standing” cruiserweight challenge.
First up is the return match between Flo Simba and Thabiso Mchunu after the disputed ending in there first fight when Mchunu won on a first round stoppage.
In highly anticipated clash Danie Venter faces the big punching Zack Mwekassa.
Both fights are scheduled for ten rounds.