Old-school philosophy guides new kingpin

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Newly enthroned South African super middleweight king William Gare attributed his win over Peter Mashamaite last weekend to clean living and dedication.

"Old school boxing trainers told us that a boxer with great ambitions must divorce himself from nice times. We were warned to stay away from alcohol and smoking.

"They said we will be able to push ourselves above our limits in everything we did - be it in the gym or in the fight," said the 31-year-old fighter who outperformed Mashamaite, 25, throughout 12 rounds at Orlando Communal Hall.

Gare was just too clever and artful for Mashamaite and defied predictions writing off the fighter from Braamfischerville, near Dobsonville.

Even Nick Durandt, who failed to guide Mashamaite to victory in his first defence, had warned that Gare's illustrious career could come to an end.

Gare said that is the biggest mistake a lot of people make when veterans like himself lose a few fights.

"They quickly write us off. Veterans are not given enough time to prepare because promoters want to see their up-and-coming fighters win," he said.

"I had enough time to prepare for this one. I was superbly conditioned for war. There was no way that Mashamaite would beat me," said Gare, who is trained by Jerry Phukuje.

"I did exactly what we practised in the gym. Jerry was not worried about anything during the fight because we were prepared for anything."

Gare is pissed off at Durandt's comments in a weekend newspaper that he stole the title from them by running like a chicken.

"If Durandt is as good as the media forces us to believe, he should have come up with plan B to stop the chicken from running away," said Gare.