Fourie is raring for big night in the ring

TONIGHT'S box-and-dine boxing tournament at Emperors Palace is called a "Christmas Cracker" and Grant "Fireball" Fourie promises fight fans some heavy fireworks.

TONIGHT'S box-and-dine boxing tournament at Emperors Palace is called a "Christmas Cracker" and Grant "Fireball" Fourie promises fight fans some heavy fireworks.

"I will be as hot as an iron, so expect fireworks," he warned yesterday.

"I want to end this year in style."

His fight with Thulani Mbatha is over six rounds in the lightweight division.

"I've watched Thulani's taped fights. I am so fired up that I don't see the fight going the scheduled distance."

Fourie, a nephew of the great Pierre Fourie, last fought in September when he was stopped in the 10th-round by Jason Bedeman for the IBO Africa title.

Fourie will make his professional debut under his father, Louie Fourie, a former Transvaal middleweight champion.

"A new me will be in display," he said.

Meanwhile, Bedeman and Joe Modise meet in a rematch over over eight rounds. These two gladiators, who bloodied each other in their drawn first clash early this year, have promised to knock each other out this time.

They both feel that they were robbed in their first fight. Bedeman is yet to lose after 10 contests while Modise has five wins, four defeats and two draws.

This is the main attraction of African Ring Promotion's eight-bout card.

Khayeni Hlungwane will fight Steven Castle in the heavyweight class.

Castle's initial foe, Tyrone Churchill, was declare medically unfit at the weigh-in yesterday.

There will be an auction of all sports memorabilia at he event.

Promoter Jeff Ellis intends to raise funds for his ailing brother, Ron Ellis, and Kerryn Roodt, a 20-year-old woman, who became disabled after being shot during a robbery this year.

The tournament's action hits off at 8pm.

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