By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Danie Venter has his second crack at trying to win a “world” title when he meets Shown Cox of Barbados for the vacant World Boxing Federation cruiserweight belt at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria on Saturday night.
Venter 17-6; 12 a former South African junior heavyweight champion was stopped in the sixth round by Gyorgy Hidvegi of Hungary on November 3 2006 when challenging for the World Boxing Foundation cruiserweight belt. The 34-year-old Venter who won a bronze medal at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth games and also represented South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics has been most impressive in his last two fights in scoring wins over Nsitu Mbaya and Elvis Mboya.
Cox, 38, a seasoned veteran made a late start to his professional career when at the age of 32 he made his debut on September 23 2007 with a first round stoppage win over Julian Tannin. He has now compiled a record of 17 wins, with 16 inside the distance and only 2 losses. The two losses on his record were against Salvatore Erittu when he was beaten on points over 12 rounds in a clash for the vacant IBO Mediterranean cruiserweight title and a second round knockout loss to Denis Lebedev for the WBA interim cruiserweight belt. In his only fight this year he stopped Kwesi Jones (10-2) in the fourth round.
Both fighters have power in their right hands and the odds are that fight will not go the distance.
The tournament dubbed “No Guts No Glory’ by the promoters Real Steel Promotions will also feature South African junior heavyweight champion Daniel Bruwer 24-5-1; 20 against Charles Adamu 19-5; 14 of Ghana for the vacant WBF international cruiserweight title.
Unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Kevin Lerena and light middleweight Marcel Botha, son of former IBF heavyweight champion Francois will fight on the undercard.
The tournament will also be preceded by an amateur tournament.