By Ron Jackson
In a battle of two heavy-handed veteran’s local boy Danie Venter and Shawn Cox from Bridgetown, Barbados clash for the vacant World Boxing Federation cruiserweight belt at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria on September 21. The 34-year-old Venter who won a bronze medal at the 2002 ManchesterCommonwealth games and also represented South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics will be having his second crack at trying to win a world belt.
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.
Since being knocked out in the fifth round by Thabiso Mchunu in November last year the South African has comeback to win his last two fights against Nsitu Mbaya and Elvis Mboya. Cox, 38, who has a record of (17-2, 16) made a late start to his professional career when at the age of 32 he made his professional debut on September 23 2007 with a first round stoppage win over Julian Tannin.
The only 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.
With a bit of imagination one could claim that this is the first “world” title fight to be held in Pretoria since Gerrie Coetzee was outpointed over 15 rounds by John Tate for the vacant WBA heavyweight title on October 20, 1979 in front of a crowd of 80,000 at the Loftus Versfeld rugby ground.
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.