Warrior itches for SA title rematch
Former SA super lightweight champion Warren Joubert says he is already preparing to again take on Grant Fourie, the man who dethroned him.
The Johannesburg-based Joubert surrendered his championship belt to Fourie in a first defence in July at Emperors Palace. He had won the then vacant crown by beating Lungisa Jikani on points at the same venue three months earlier.
On Tuesday last week, again at Emperors, Joubert, nicknamed “The Warrior”, beat former stablemate Jason “Badman” Bedeman by unanimous decision over eight rounds.
Now the gladiator, whose career is being guided by Colin Nathan of Johannesburg’s Hot Box Gym, says he can’t wait for a rematch against his conquerer.
“I am 100% fit and itching to get into the ring with Fourie. I want to prove to him the SA crown belongs to me,” said Joubert.
He said he was training hard and determined to prove that his loss of the championship belt had been nothing more than a blip.
Against Bedeman, Joubert scored with crisp shots, although he struggled to knock out the tough fighter – a man he trained with two years ago at Manny Fernandez’s gym in Turffontein.
Fourie said he was keen to give Joubert a rematch.
“Look, I can take him on any time and prove I’m a worthy champ. I’m not scared of defending my crown against him,” he said.
But Fourie explained that his camp would first have to weigh up other options.
These included having the boxer fight in an international 10-round bout against an overseas foe next year.
Joubert boasts a professional record of 23 wins, four defeats and five draws in 32 bouts, while Fourie has collected 16 victories, seven losses and one draw in 24 fights.
Rivalries like these are a sign that local titles are again being taken seriously amid a resurgence in South African prizefighting.
Look, I can take him on any time and prove I’m a worthy champ. I’m not scared of defending my crown against him [Warren Joubert]
INTENSE Warren Joubert (right) in action against Jason Bedeman at Emperors Palace last week