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Trainer Tshabalala to unleash 'Hardcore' Buthelezi of old

By Bongani Magasela | 2017-03-20 08:47:46.0

The general boxing public will see a rejuvenated and resolute Gideon "Hardcore" Buthelezi on March 31, his trainer Elias "Mr Fantastic" Tshabalala has promised.

The left-handed boxer from Boipatong in the Vaal will defend his IBO junior bantamweight belt against Mexico's Angel "Puma" Aviles at Kempton Park Indoor Centre.

"I am bringing a completely different Gideon to the one who had become [like] a robot, I am talking about [the] Gideon who beat Hekkie Budler," boasted Tshabalala.

Buthelezi ended Budler's reign as the IBO junior flyweight champion in 2011. He and Tshabalala then parted ways, and Buthelezi joined trainer Harold Volbrecht.

He then left Volbrecht and joined Keith Rass, who guided him to WBO Africa bantamweight and WBA Pan African junior bantamweight victories, before landing the IBO strap.

They parted ways in April last year. Buthelezi then rejoined Tshabalala.

Tshabalala has paid tribute to promoter Ayanda Matiti, the man who is staging the upcoming fight that saved Buthelezi from being stripped of his belt due to a lack of mandatory defence.

Gennady "GGG" Golovkin extended his winning streak to 37 when he defended his WBA Super, WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight titles with a unanimous-decision victory over Daniel Jacobs in New York, United States, on Sunday morning.

It was the first time in Golovkin's 11-year career that he went full 12 rounds.

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