Berman thanks fans for support

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Rodney Berman yesterday paid tribute to boxing fans who came in big numbers to his box-and-dine tournament last Monday night at Emperors Palace.

He said it was through their support that his company, Golden Gloves, raised R80 000 which will be donated to the Cerebral Palsy Association of South Africa (CPASA). Berman achieved this feat through an auction of various sporting memorabilia.

"We try and help where we can. But all credit to fight fans who have always supported us," said Berman whose company donated R20 000 to the same home last year after his successful tournament on March 30.

Emperors Palace, Gree Air Conditioners and Jeff Ellis have always played pivotal roles towards assisting Golden Gloves.

"Boxing fans have been good to us. They made it possible for us to plough back to homes of the needy such as the Butterfly Kidz," said Berman.

Dominican Republic fighter Devlin Rodriguez was a hit with kids at the Garden of Eden, as CPASA is called.

He took time off from his training schedule for the IBF welterweight title eliminator with Isaac Hlatswayo, which ended in a draw, and visited children at their home in the south of Johannesburg.

About 2000 fans almost filled the Centre Court inside the Palace of Dreams in Ekurhuleni.