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Saku to test Van Heerden's mettle

By unknown | Jul 16, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Chris van Heerden, last year's top boxing prospect, has been afforded the opportunity to measure his potential as a boxer.

This youngster, who is undefeated after nine fights, with seven on stoppages, will fight Ugandan Hassan "Hitman" Saku for the vacant African Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight title at the Carousel, in Northwest, next Friday night.

Van Heerden, 21, a member of the overflowing stable of Nick Durandt, drew with tough as nails Mpumalanga fighter Page Tshesase after six closely contested rounds last December.

His performance in February against Msizi Qwabe left much to be desired though he won that scrap via a majority points decision over six rounds.

Van Heerden must improve from that poor showing.

This is the first step towards fighting for the World Boxing Council International belt.

He will fight an experienced foe in Saku, the former Ugandan Professional Boxing Commission junior middleweight and East and Central Africa middleweight title holder.

Saku, 32, a resident of Sweden, packs a mean punch. Eight of his nine victims failed to see the last round. But he lost his past three fights, bring the number of defeats to five.

In the other ABU vacant title fights, Van Heerden's stablemate, Lesley Sekotswa from Botswana, will oppose Simon Ramoni for the junior bantamweight belt while Jasper Seroka and Gabriel Phakula will fight for the junior lightweight belt.

The fights will be presented by Branco Sports Productions.


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