Doors open for enterprising Knapp

Roarke Knapp nails Thembani Mhlanga in their fight which Knapp won via stoppage in March.
Roarke Knapp nails Thembani Mhlanga in their fight which Knapp won via stoppage in March.
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Top boxing promoter Rodney Berman is taking rising star Roarke "Razor" Knapp the same route he applied with Thomas Oosthuizen.

Oosthuizen's first boxing title was the IBO Youth belt he won in the light heavyweight division before coming down to the super middleweight class where he won the actual IBO title.

Berman has given Knapp two fights which the fearless and talented 21-year-old won by stoppages. The soft-spoken orthodox fighter who becomes a monster once inside the roped square remains undefeated after nine fights, with seven knockouts in a promising career which spans three years.

Knapp's consistency has caught the attention of Berman who has successfully built careers of fighters of the ilk of Knapp to become household names through his acclaimed Golden Gloves company.

Berman's successes has earned him recognition by all four - WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO - sanctioning bodies and that makes possible for him to get his fighters chances with these boxing bodies for as long as they are consistent in winning fights.

Berman has successfully negotiated with the Championship Committee of the IBO to grant Knapp the opportunity to fight for the Youth middleweight belt, and the boxer, who is trained by Vusti Mtolo, will welcome Mexican Ernesto Olvera at Emperors Palace on August 23.

Knapp, from Edenvale in East Rand, is causing havoc locally and is currently rated No 3. He is back from the UK, the country of his origin, to further his career but he realised on his arrival that it was just the reflection of water that made the grass look greener on the other side.

Bermans has also done great with Rowan Campbell, an average fighter, who has already won both the SA and IBO All-Africa super middleweight titles in only 10 fights.

Campbell will put his IBO All-Africa belt on line against Patrick Mukala in the same upcoming "Razor Sharp" tournament.

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