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Hekkie "Hexecutioner" Budler impressed when he pounded out a resounding four-round points victory over Mexico's Mario Gaxilao at the Rock River Casino in British Columbia, Canada last weekend.
But the South African rookie did not only impress Canadinia fans but also former world heavyweight champion "Smoking" Joe Frazier, who watched the action from ringside.
Budler, 19, took his unbeaten record to 4-0, three knockouts, with yet another ferocious display of punching power, that saw him drop the surprisingly rugged Gaxilao in each of the first three rounds. "Hekkie plastered the game Hispanic with a variety of killer punches but somehow Gaxilao managed to hold on, despite being a pummelled fighter at the end of the fight," said Budler's trainer Colin Nathan.
Frazier, the once merciless left-hooker who handed the incomparable Muhammad Ali his first defeat, quipped: "Hey, this little guy is all fire and brimstone and he should go on to become an international star with the correct sort of grooming. I just love his all-action style, not to mention his incredible killer instinct."
Promoter Art Pellula had seen the explosive young junior flyweight before, when Pellula visited South Africa recently, and he echoed Frazier's sentiments.
"The kid is awesome. Rodney (Berman) and I mean to market him in the US a lot during 2008 and I've little doubt he'll become a massive box-office hit in time to come." - Sapa