By Ron Jackson
Photo: Yolanda van der Stoep
Hekkie Budler of South Africa, who defends his IBO strawweight belt against Filipino Renan Trongco, heads a bill with six fighters from around the world against local opposition, at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. The 24-year-old Budler who has a fight record of 22 wins with 6 inside the distance and only one loss won the vacant IBO belt in September 2011 with a points victory over Michael Landero from the Philippines. In March 2012 he failed to impress in scoring an eight round points victory over local Shamile Kortman. However, on September 22, last year he was back to his best in scoring a points victory over another Filipino, Florante Condes to retain the IBO belt for the first time.
The southpaw Trongco, 24, who is ranked at number twenty five in the most recent IBO rankings made his pro debut in October 2006 and was beaten on points over four rounds by Leo Ladlip. He has a record of 12-3, 8 KOs with 14 fights taking place in his home country against little known opposition. The only time he ventured out of the Philippines on February 12, 2011 he was stopped in the sixth round by Mexican Sammy Gutierrez in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in a challenge for the interim WBA minimumweight belt.
In 2012 Trongco won on a fourth round stoppage against Ricky Oyan (4-10-2) and scored a split decision win over Lionel Legada (9-3-1) for WBC Youth Intercontinental light flyweight title. The Filipino who came in 4kgs over the championship limit at the pre-fight medical on Tuesday will be hard pressed to win against the superbly conditioned champion.
Andile Matika (SA) will act as third man and the judges are Tony Nyangiwe (SA), Bruce McTavish (Philippines) and Terry O’Connor (UK).
On the undercard Ilunga Makabu 11-1, 11 KOs from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who now fights out of Johannesburg has his first fight under the guidance of trainer Harold Volbrecht when he meets Georgia’s Gogita Gorgiladze 12-0, 9 KOs for the vacant IBF Youth cruiserweight title.
Ryno Liebenberg 10-0, 7 KOs makes the second defence of his IBO All Africa light heavyweight title against Flash Issaka of Ghana who has a reported record of 20-12, 15 KOs.
Other bouts on the card are:
Thompson Mokwana against Matias Gomez of Argentina in a scheduled 8 round lightweight clash.
Junior welterweight Zan Jonker faces Paul Kamanga of the DRC over six rounds and in a cruiserweight bout scheduled six rounds Kevin Lerena takes on Javier Corrales from Paraguay.