KwaZulu-Natal boxing will return to its former glory when the SMD Muscle Box and Dine tournament takes place on August 22 at SMD in Ballito.
The event, the brainchild of former boxers Francois ‘The White Buffalo’ Botha and Hardy Mileham, will see no less than eight professional fights as well as two Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights on the card.
With the boxers and MMA fighters set to keep audiences captivated, there will be an exhibition match of the lighter variety that sees popular East Coast Radio DJ Darren ‘The Assassin’ Maule face ‘The White Buffalo’ in his first-ever major fight.
While the aim of the night, organised by White Buffalo Productions, is largely to promote the hosting of boxing at the venue, the calibre of fighters on offer ensures that that the fights will be competitive and of the highest quality. It is an opportunity for some of KZN’s up and coming young boxers to showcase their ability.
Other fights include:
– Marcel Botha, the son of former world heavyweight champion Francois, up against Khumbulani Mdletshi.
– Local fighter David Rajuili of Ringside Boxing Gym, who has four wins, two losses and a draw from his seven-fight career, steps up in weight class to take on lightweight boxer Mthunzi Dlamini, a boxer that has a 3-2 win-loss record.
– Samson Khulalo from Train Gym in Durban, with a 2 fights 2 wins record, is up against experienced fighter Prince Dlomo from Johannesburg with 6 fights under his belt.
– Golden Gloves fighter Ricardo Hiraman – a fighter with three KO wins and one loss, will be going toe-to-toe against Bongimuso Ndwandwe. The two met as amateurs with Ndwandwe one up.
– Other fighters include Garth Noot, former South Africa amateur champ Damain Heynecke and another local, Armand Herbst also from Ringside Boxing Gym and who has won his only fight by knockout.
The SMD Group, a state-of-the-art motor dealership in Ballito was established in 2003. Since its inception, the success of the SMD Group has seen the company expand to include the enviable Jaguar, Ford, Land Rover and Mazda brands.
“The SMD Group are thrilled to be involved with projects such as this which uplift the community and bring exposure to our wonderful town,” commented Shaun Duminy, Group Director of SMD.
Organisers Botha and Hardy Mileham put on a Tap Tap Makhatini tribute tournament in July. Their aim is to not only revive boxing in KZN but throughout South Africa.
“We would like to give back to a sport that we love and are passionate about,” says Hardy.
“It will be an exciting night of boxing with world famous ref Stan Christodoulou and a number of great fighters,” added Botha. “Don’t miss out on a night of good food and thrilling boxing at a great venue.”
Seasoned boxing referee Stan Christodoulou will be the commentator for the evening and has a wealth of experience after having refereed more than 100 world title fights.
An auction on the night will also see sport and boxing memorabilia, including gloves and autographed photographs, up for grabs with proceeds going towards the Buffalo Soldiers reality TV series which unearths boxing talent in South Africa.
Tickets for the night are R600 per person; organizers are able to accommodate up to 10 people per table, which includes a fine dinner.
A press conference will be held at 12 pm on August 21 at SMD where all of the boxers will be weighed in and made available for interviews.
Tickets for this unique event can be purchased by contacting Francois Botha on firstname.lastname@example.org or Hardy Mileham on email@example.com or 079 504 8033 or Brenda Els on 083 780 1953 or firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, tickets can be purchased directly from the SMD Group in Ballito.