Terry Pettifer, publicist of Golden Gloves, said his boss Rodney Berman, whom he described as a keen cards player, has recognised his blooming young "aces" in what appears to be a winning deck for the future.
"Given our formidable list of world champions, Silence Mabuza, Cassius Baloyi, Zolani Marali and Isaac Hlatshwayo, as well as current international newsmakers like Thomas Mashaba and Takalani Ndlovu, it's gratifying and exciting to know that we have a powerful assembly of what I often refer to as young lions waiting to emerge," said Pettifer yesterday on behalf of Berman.
Pettifer added that his company has a number of boxers on the cusp of international recognition, foremost among them SA heavyweight king Osborne "Maximus" Machimana and national light heavyweight slayer Daniel "Billy the Kid" Bruwer.
The list of names includes boxers from the stables of Nick Durandt, Harold Volbrecht and Colin Nathan.
Among the more noteworthy, though, are Grant Fourie, Jared Lovett, Hekkie Budler, Warren Joubert, Isaac Chilembe and Thomas Oosthuizen.
"Right now, however, purists are divided as to whom among them will capture the headlines in the next two years.
"Moreover, of the current mix, [the question remains] which boxers would occupy what a card player would identify as the prospective aces in the pack?"
Pettifer said a number of local experts have already identified the fighters in question.
l Ace of hearts: Fourie and Lovett are the chief candidates for this title due to their exciting spectator appeal;
l Ace of diamonds: Chilembe, a 20-year-old light heavyweight fighter, is a definite potential star with a smooth boxing style that is complimented by savage punching power; and
l Ace of spades: Joubert, the unbeaten young junior lightweight, could well surprise pundits with his uncomplicated yet deceptive style. There's no doubting his potential; and .
l Ace of clubs: Pettifer said it was a toss-up between Thomas "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen and junior flyweight sensation Hekkie "Hexecutioner" Budler.