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'Hawk' will swoop again

By unknown | Aug 02, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Masibulele "Hawk" Makepula will reappear under the banner of Golden Gloves Promotions (GGP) in their boxing bash at Emperors Palace on September 1.

GGP, which is headed by Rodney Berman, will celebrate its 30th anniversary. Its venture into professional boxing was on August 29 1977 when Charlie Weir knocked out Bushy Bester in the first round at the Wembley Ice Rink.

Berman's company has produced 46 world champions from its 179 world championship tournaments.

But the 64-year-old attorney could not confirm Makepula's opponent while trainer Nick Durandt certified that Makepula will fight for the vacant IBO junior bantamweight belt.

Tanzanian Mbwana Matumla forfeited it after his defeat (TKO 5) in May by Silence Mabuza for the IBO bantamweight title.

Makepula's fight will be a reunion with Berman. They parted ways in 2003 after Makepula's second defeat (TKO 4) by the late Mzukisi Sikali for the IBO flyweight belt. Makepula also left trainer Mzimase Mnguni for Durandt.

Makepula had won the WBU, WBO light flyweight and the IBO flyweight belts under Berman.

Durandt guided him to eight straight wins (five stoppages) under the banner of Branco Sports Production.

Berman assured that Thomas Mashaba, Mabuza and Mlungisi Dlamini, are definite participants on September 1. Mashaba will defend his IBO featherweight belt against American Eric Aiken.

Berman said opponents for Mabuza and Dlamini would be confirmed next week.

"I am busy finalising the bill."


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