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HOLLYWOOD is coming to South Africa.
This is how Jared Silverman, in his element, described his coming fight, which he said will take place at Wembley Arena on July 1.
Silverman, 18, a matriculant at King Edward School in Houghton, Gauteng, goes by the monicker of "Hollywood".
This lanky fighter made his professional debut at Nasrec Indoor Arena in March. His fight attracted 1000 fans, most of whom were his school mates.
The verdict was disappointing. Silverman dropped a majority points loss to Oupa "Mr Cool" Maimane after four closely-contested rounds.
This writer criticised his trainer Nick Durandt for pitting Silverman, an orthodox, against a left-hander, especially since this was his professional debut. It is a known fact that left-handers are hard to beat.
"I was not ready for a south paw last time. I am this time because I have sparred with both south paw and orthodox fighters. I will be sharp," he said yesterday.
"This time I am bringing Hollywood to the Wembley Arena. The true star is coming. I don't know who I am fighting and I don't care. I am just excited to be back in the ring. Whoever it is must be ready for war. I am prepared, strong and ready."
His opponent is Emmanuel Ndou.
Silverman is just excited to fight and show people that he can box.
"I want to thank my family, my girlfriend and my sponsors, Cosira Building Construction, for being behind me. I cannot do without all these people."
Silverman and Ndou's fight will be over four rounds. It will form part of a joint venture fixture between Pat Molefe's Rainbow Promotion and Durandt Boxing World. It will be bankrolled by Neo Africa.
The main bout will be a rematch between WBO Africa super middleweight champion, Zimbabwean Tineyi Maridzo, and Mickey Schultz. The latter, a huge crowd puller, suffered a first-round stoppage in their first fight.
Schultz's stable mate in Durandt's camp, Daniel "Billy The Kid" Bruwer, and the John Krieger-trained Welcome Ntshingila, will make their anticipated comeback in other undercard bouts.
Bruwer's opponent is still to be announced, while Ntshingila will fight Pius "Mr Hercules" Dipheko. These are non-televised fights. Tickets ar R150 and R100.