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The ups and downs of Hexecutive power

By Bongani Magasela | 2017-03-13 09:57:58.0

IBO junior flyweight champ Hekkie "Hexecutioner" Budler has ensured that every single limb in his body, especially his brain, functions well.

Like all boxers, he has to be careful that after receiving punishment over many years, he avoids brain damage.

The whirlwind performer - who has won five world titles in two weight divisions - has dished and absorbed blows for 20 years, of which 10 were in the amateur ranks. Budler registered 140 wins from 150 amateur fights. He chalked up 31 wins from 33 fights as a pro.

"If I do something stupid at home and my wife (Roxy) gets angry, I blame it on boxing," giggled the 28-year-old boxer from Newlands, Johannesburg, as Roxy joined him late for the interview .

"This is what I do: sit at home, get stuck on my Playstation until she comes back.

"I sometimes cook for us so that when she comes back, we eat. But I am a terrible cook. I prefer to braai," the boxer said in jest.

Budler has been involved in 16 world title fights and he hopes to retire gracefully and live a comfortable life.

"If I retire, I will definitely have to look for a job," he says. "Look, we are happy with what we have, but if I retire I will have to work."

Their house is perfect for a couple yet to sire a sprog.

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