The burgeoning boxing career of flaxen-haired rising star Hekkie "Hexecutioner" Budler has been given a major lift by Golden Gloves Promotions.
Promoter Rodney Berman announced that his young whirlwind performer, who has been a revelation since he turned professional in July and went on to win eight fights, will take on Charit Mukondeleli for the vacant African Boxing Union (ABU) junior flyweight belt.
This belt is secondary to the World Boxing Council (WBC) International belt. The winner between Budler, 20, and Mukondeleli, 27, a stand-up fighter with seven wins against six losses, will automatically get a WBC rating.
"Budler is so special that I've carefully structured an eight-fight plan, which will place him in the running for a crack at one of boxing's premier world championships.
"After another eight fights he'll be ready for a shot at championship purple, and the financial rewards that come with it," said Berman.
But this is not only a big break for Budler but also for Mukondeleli who will want to make up for his failure to win the national belt from then champion Muvhuso Nedzanani in 2004.
Budler's skills are honed by Collin Nathan while Mukondeleli from Limpopo is under the mentorship of Benny Pailman, Peter Faver and Cliff Martin in Gauteng.
Pailman was overjoyed at being given such a break.
"We knew all along that such a fight would come. Even if it was tomorrow Charit would have taken it," he said issuing a warning that Budler would not match up Mukondeleli's experience.
The fight will be presented by GGP at Emperors Palace on February 14.