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Branco brings in extra security

By Ron Jackson

Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has decided to bring in additional security after the brawl that erupted between boxers Ruben Groenewald and Daniel Bruwer during a press conference at Carnival City on December when holds another press conference at the same venue on Tuesday, January 25. Bruwer and Groenewald were involved in a punch-up incident during the press conference announcing their January 29 cruiserweight clash to be held at Carnival City, Brakpan.

The brawl was sparked off by insults the two fighters hurled at each other when one claimed he was better than the other. The full blown out brawl lasted a couple of seconds before the boxers were separated by their handlers.

To avoid a similar occurrence Milenkovic confirmed that security personnel will be on high alert when the two fighters come up face to face again in the final press briefing.

“We cannot take chances this time after what happened there,” Milenkovic said.

“I was not aware that the animosity between Bruwer and Groenewald was that deep so I took things for granted in the first press conference”.

Heading the bill will be the eagerly awaited clash between Nkosinathi Joyi 21-0; 15 who will be making the first defence of his IBF mini flyweight belt against Japan’s Katsunari Takayama 24-4; 10. Takayama earned the right to face Joyi when he stopped Tshepo Lefele in six rounds at Carnival City last September and is expected to extend Joyi all the way.

Former two -time IBF junior lightweight champion Cassius Baloyi 37-5-1; 19 meets Argenis Mendiz 17-1; 9 from the Dominican Republic in a final eliminator to challenge IBF junior lightweight champion Mzonke Fana.

Other bouts will see Chris Van Heerden and Boitshepo Mandawe engaged in a rematch for the SA welterweight title, while Philip Ndou continues his comeback against Welcome Ntshingila in another welterweight clash.

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