Sutherland ready to relieve Visser of heavyweight title

Free-talking boxing trainer Steven Castle, left, and his charge Luke Sutherland who Castle said he will knock out current SA heavyweight champion Ruann Visser in Pretoria on Sunday.
Free-talking boxing trainer Steven Castle, left, and his charge Luke Sutherland who Castle said he will knock out current SA heavyweight champion Ruann Visser in Pretoria on Sunday.
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South African heavyweight boxing champion Ruann
"Giant King" Visser will get his backside whipped on Sunday - warns Steven Castle whose boxer Luke "Sergeant" Sutherland will take on Visser at Time Square in Pretoria.

Castle is a former heavyweight professional who is now a trainer at his TopBox Gym in Fourways, Johannesburg. He hones the skills of many fighters, including 33-year-old Sutherland.

"People must not read too much into the two boxers' fight records because they do not reflect the true potential and ability Sutherland possesses," warned the straight-talking mentor yesterday.

Sutherland from Randpark Ridge in Roodepoort has two wins in two fights while 27-year-old Visser from Meyerton, south of Johannesburg, has a single defeat against 13 wins with 12 knockouts.

There was a cry as to how was such a mismatch approved.

But it was due to lack of boxers in heavyweight division which led the sanctioning committee to give the two boxers a go ahead with their bout that will form part of 5th Elements Promotions card - the second for female promoter Janie Gouws.

"Ruann has not fought anybody of note," said Castle straight up. "He won the SA title yes ... I don't think Ruann deserves to hold the SA title."

Castle said they did not sign the contract to lose.

"We are going to stop Ruann - early or late it does not matter.

"Look, there is no pressure on us; we just want go in there and show what Sutherland is bringing to the heavyweight division."

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