Danie Venter vs. Shawn Cox this Saturday, September 21st
On what will arguably be the most significant boxing promotion in Pretoria, South Africa since John Tate’s 1979 world heavyweight title fight victory over Gerrie Coetzee, Real Steel Promotions, headed by former Super Middleweight contender Andre Thysse, will present three World Boxing Federation title fights on Saturday September 21 at the Heartfelt Arena.
The main event sees Johannesburg’s former South African Champion Danie Venter, 17-6 (12), take on Barbados-puncher Shawn “The Sniper” Cox, 17-2 (16), for the vacant WBF World Cruiserweight title, a clash that promises fireworks from the beginning.
34-year-old Venter, an accomplished amateur who fought in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and won bronze in the 2003 Commonwealth Games, turned professional in 2003 and won the S.A. Cruiserweight title in 2006, as well as the Gauteng Heavyweight crown in 2011.
In 2012 he returned to Cruiserweight and defeated domestic rivals Daniel Bruwer and Zack Mwekassa, before losing to world class operator Thabiso Mchunu who recently made an international breakthrough by defeating Eddie Chambers in America.
Venter has since returned to form with two victories this year, but will certainly get his hands full against the experienced and powerful Shawn Cox, who last year annihilated former world champion Wayne Braithwaite in one round.
Cox went on to challenge for a world title against Denis Lebedev in Russia, but came up short. He returned to winning ways this past February when he stopped Guyanese prospect Kwesi Jones, and “The Sniper” has reportedly arrived in South Africa determined to leave as World Champion.
Also on the card, the aforementioned Daniel Bruwer, 23-5-1 (20), will get his own chance to win a World Boxing Federation title, as he squares off with Switzerland-based Algerian Sofiane Sebihi for the vacant International Cruiserweight championship.
Nicknamed “Billy The Kid”, Bruwer is the reigning South African champion, a title he captured in his last outing by defeating Fikile Nyalunga this past June. In Sebihi he will be facing a man who has travelled abroad on several occasions to defeat a local hero, and who brings a stellar 20-4 (14) record.
The evenings third WBF title bout, for the vacant All Africa Cruiserweight crown, will be between 21-year-old local up-and-comer Kevin Lerena, 7-0 (5), and Ghanaian Ibrahim Labaran, 10-2 (9).
While it will be the first professional championship contest for Lerena, Labaran has already won both Ghanaian national and West African titles. Riding a ten-fight winning streak, he sees this as a big opportunity to become WBF Champion, and perhaps fight Venter or Bruwer next, should they also pass their tests on the night.
Billed as “No Guts, No Glory”, the big WBF Championship tripleheader will be preceded by a quality undercard including the third professional bout of Marcel Botha, son of former WBF World Heavyweight Champion Francois Botha.
Rivan Cesaire: “Zappa and then Horn, let’s do it”
Melbourne Welterweight Rivan Cesaire is looking to end 2013 in style. The slick counter-puncher boasts an 11-3-1 (3 KO) ledger and is hoping to land a couple of big wins that will catapult him into the world rankings. Cesaire will firstly tangle with former IBF Lightweight title challenger Lenny Zappavigna over 8 rounds on October 17th. “I’m looking forward to that fight. I’ve sparred with Lenny before and I’m confident I have his measure. After Lenny, I want a rematch with Horn”.
The former Cameroon Commonwealth Games representative is of course referring to current Australian Welterweight champion, and hot prospect, Jeff Horn. Both fighters battled to a technical draw in August, when Cesaire suffered a nasty cut above his left eye from an accidental head clash. “I congratulate Jeff Horn on winning the Australian title. But the difference between me and Sam Colomban is that I wont be standing right in front of him asking to be hit. Nobody knows how Jeff goes after 5 or 6 rounds. He’s never had to do it. I’ll take him into the later rounds and mug him”.
There is a strong possibility that Cesaire and Horn will meet in Brisbane on November 16th, although Cesaire’s manager Brendan Bourke insists no official offer has been received. “It’s a fight that we’d definitely take, but to date we haven’t received any offers. I’m hearing rumours that Horn’s team might be looking to go in another direction and we hope that is not the case, as it’s a great fight for the fans”.
“We have unfinished business,” Cesaire continued. “Jeff, let’s get this on. Firstly I need to take care of business against Lenny Zappavigna and then I want your Aussie title. I’ll even come up to Queensland for a second time to do it.”
LDLTV BREAKS RECORD
On Saturday September 14, 2013 Billy C’s Mayweather vs Alavarez Fight Night Special which aired from 8:30 pm to 1 a.m. delivered the biggest online audience ever according to LDLTV CEO John Moceyunas. “We shattered the previous record of 59,281 viewers from our April 30th 2011 Event : Summerslam by posting 76,260 viewers this past Saturday night. Many thanks to our host Bill Calogero (Billy C) and co-hosts: matchmaker Eric Bottjer, boxing manager Carl King and current middleweight boxer and world record holder Sal “Rocky” Cenicola for their excellent insight and commentary about all things boxing on this huge and exciting night” said Moceyunas from the LDLTV studios in Coral Springs, FL.
The event was produced and streamed live world wide on Ustream.tv courtesy of Miller’s Coral Springs Ale House in front of a live audience of over 500 boxing fans. The broadcast was sponsored by The TKO Network and Sal’s Neighborhood Pizzeria and Ristorante Italiano.
Talkin’ Boxing with Billy C Show airs weeknights at 5 p.m. ET on www.LDLTV.com.
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