I was born to fight, proclaims Joshua Studdard

Saul Hlungwane, left, has promised to send Joshua Studdard, right, to permanent retirement.
Saul Hlungwane, left, has promised to send Joshua Studdard, right, to permanent retirement.
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Joshua "TKO" Studdard has turned into something similar to a pit bull terrier, so eager to cause harm that it wants to snap its chain.

That is due to a two-year hiatus that was caused by an injury to his hand in the fight he lost to Rofhiwa Nemushungwa on December 4 2017.

Studdard is the only recognisable coloured pro-boxer in Johannesburg. His father and grandfather were amateur boxers, while notably, his late uncle Cameron "Kangaroo" Adams was a middleweight pro-boxer.

Adams - a gang member - was hanged by the apartheid regime for murder in the 1980s. Although his nephew has had about 10 fights, fans already know about him.

Studdard was growling like a dog yesterday - only two days after promoter Oscar Chauke announced that the boxer would make a comeback against Saul Hlungwane at Turffontein Racecourse on March 1.

"I need to dish out a serious beating, a can to whip him," he said confidently. "The boxing fraternity needs to know that Joshua is back. The boxing ring is calling me. I have a lot of aggression and seeing the boxing ring keeps me calm."

Studdard said he has a new team and a new sponsor on board. He is trained by revered Manny Fernandes.

"I was clothed in green before my injury but now I will be in beautiful red, which symbolises bloody bath," he said. "I was born to fight. Saul is just a stepping stone, champions must be worried."

But Hlungwane's trainer Emmanuel Mutavhatsindi laughed off Studdard's threats. "Wrong choice of an opponent for a comeback fight," he warned. "My boxer has promised to send Joshua to permanent retirement. I know Joshua, we used to train in the same gym in Hillbrow. I don't rate him as the best.

"My boxer - young as he is - fought Sikho Nqothole and Doctor Ntsele but lost on points. That tells you about his potential."

This bantamweight fight will form part of BRD Promotion's seven-bout bill which will be head-lined by an international fight between Thompson Mokwana and Raymong Kupula from the Congo.

Tickets will range from R150 to R500.

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