great white hope or hype?

THE mission to revive white hopes in boxing is bearing fruit.

THE mission to revive white hopes in boxing is bearing fruit.

Never mind what boxing connoisseurs or gullible wordsmiths waxing poetic want you to believe, the truth is the white community has prospects in Grant Fourie, Johnny Muller and Joey Stigling - credit to Jeff Ellis.

Ellis, a retired heavyweight professional fighter, has been at the forefront of this crusade.

Now a boxing promoter under the banner of African Ring, Ellis's development tournaments have been dominated by Jared Lovett, Fourie, Muller, Deon Coetzee, Stigling, Robbie Lombard, Johnny Koen and Kyle Bothma, to mention but a few.

Lovett, Fourie, Coetzee and Stigling have always shown great potential to continue where Gerrie Coetzee, Piere Coetzer, Johnny du Plooy, Harold Volbrecht, Brian Baronet and Brian Mitchell left off.

On Tuesday night Fourie, Muller and Stigling left Ellis with a broad smile. They won their fights in Ellis's development tournament that took place at the Theatre of Marcellus inside Emperors Palace.

Bothman was bludgeoned by Nicholas Modibeng over four rounds while Koen was defeated by Malawian Osgood Kayuni on points also over founds in the junior welterweight division.

Fourie, nicknamed "Fireball", gave a combustible performance that Amos Nhlapo could not handle - he succumbed to heat in the third round.

A left hand, right hook combination reminded a seemingly overconfident Nhlapo just how dangerous underestimating an opponent can be.

Nhlapo got up from the knockdown in the second round and was saved by the bell.

Brutality continued in round three. Fourie unleashed an overarm right that sent Nhlapho tumbling down - the rest is history.

Fourie improved his knockout ratio to seven from 11 wins.

Muller plastered Lombard to the canvass in the first round of their four-round heavyweight fight.

Meanwhile, referee Sazi Xlamshe, rightly, saved Elias Moyo from total destruction against Stigling in the first round of their junior lightweight four-rounder.

Stephen Castle outboxed Deon Coetze over four rounds.