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WHEN Rodney Berman staged a boxing tournament last month there were doubts that it might be a flop because the 2010 World Cup had just kicked off.
But it turned out to be a success story. Dubbed "Blockbuster", it attracted about 2000-strong appreciating crowd at the throbbing Emperors Palace.
Now this boxing supremo wants to move a gear up and bring three more Blockbusters that will feature potentially explosive fights before the end of the year.
"The June 19 tournament was a roaring success and I need to do more for the fans this year," Berman said.
"I was inspired by boxing fans who were excited with what they saw in that tournament. It succeeded in spite of the fact that the World Cup was already under way.
"It shows that South Africans are sport-loving people and they attend different sporting codes. We also used that tournament to urge our boxers and boxing fans to rally behind our beloved Bafana Bafana.
"We will use the next one to say "thank you" to Fifa, the LOC, government and everybody who played a role to bring the World Cup here."
The boxing principal will team up with Jeff Ellis to co-promote a box-and-dine event at the same venue on July 28. Their aim is to raise funds to buy prosthetic arms for Sibusiso Mogale, a talented swimmer, who was born with a deformity called phocomelia.
After this fight, Berman will go solo when his Golden Gloves Promotions present what promises to be a jaw-dropper between IBO world welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou and Bongani Mwelase on September 18.
Berman said that IBO super middleweight champion Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba will defend against Thomas "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen at a date still to be decided in November.
"Each tournament will feature compelling action that fans will talk about for a long time," Berman said.
IBO junior flyweight holder Hekkie Budler, Chilemba, Gideon Buthelezi, Jason Bedeman and heavyweight sensation Flo Simba did not disappoint in the first instalment of the Blockbuster. They all won their fights.
Budler, Simba, Bedeman, Johnny Muller, WBA Inter-Continental bantamweight champ Tshifhiwa Munyai and perhaps Buthelezi will feature prominently in all these tournaments, Berman said.