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Berman and Milenkovic rule Mzansi's rings

By unknown | Mar 18, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Rodney Berman and Branco Milenkovic are among the pillars of South African boxing.

Boxing SA acknowledged this by bestowing its highest honour, the lifetime achievement award, on Berman's Golden Gloves and Branco Sports Productions.

Berman, 66, has been around in this fisticuffs sport since 1977 while Milenkovic, 42, a naturalised South African from Serbia, has been in this game for 11 years.

Demigods like Roberto "Hands of Stone" Duran, Marvin "Marvelous" Hagler, Mike "Hercules" Weaver and Lennox "Young Lion" Lewis as well as female fighter, Laila "She Be Stingin" Ali graced these shores thanks to Berman.

Next month Berman's charges Jarred "The Storm" Lovett and Tommy "Gun" Oosthuizen will fight for WBC Youth belts.

On Saturday Berman will present an international tournament at Emperors Palace. This Gree Air Conditioners-bankrolled bill features an IBO, IBO Pan African and WBA Pan African title fights.

Meanwhile, the fight public is waiting with baited breath for Milenkovic to confirm the date and venue for the local shootout, a historic fight, between stable mates Cassius Baloyi and Malcolm Klassen.

Baloyi will defend the IBF junior lightweight belt, and Milenkovic's company will be in charge.

Isaac Hlatswayo and Silence Mabuza will fight for IBF junior welterweight and bantamweight challengers' rights.

Jeffrey Mathebula will challenge Celestino Caballero for the IBF junior featherweight strap. Milenkovic will be involved in these fights.

Last week his other fighter Vus' Umuzi "Marvelous" Malinga staged an unsuccessful coup attempt against WBC reigning bantamweight king Hozumi Hasegawa, who stopped him in one round.

Despite their monumental achievements, Berman and Milenkovic still yearn for much bigger events locally or around the globe.


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