Hex­e­cu­tioner loves be­ing the su­per champ

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South African box­ing idol Hekkie “The Hex­e­cu­tioner” Budler, who has been el­e­vated to World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA) mini fly­weight su­per cham­pion sta­tus, is look­ing for­ward to liv­ing up to his new stature in fu­ture bouts, the first of which is less than two months away.

The Hex­e­cu­tioner, who also holds the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IBO) min­i­mumweight crown, this week earned spe­cial recog­ni­tion when the WBA awarded him the new hon­our.

This af­ter he made five suc­cess­ful de­fences of his WBA cham­pi­onship. It is sel­dom that box­ers get such an ac­co­lade from the WBA, but Budler’s im­pres­sive ring ex­ploits have im­pressed the re­spected or­gan­i­sa­tion enough.

Even though Simpiwe “V12” Ve­tyeka beat WBA su­per feath­er­weight king­pin Chris John in Aus­tralia in 2013, the East Lon­don­based Ve­tyeka was not recog­nised as a su­per champ by the WBA.

Budler will get the chance to jus­tify the ti­tle when he makes the first de­fence of his WBA su­per mini fly­weight crown, along with the IBO belt, against Nicaragua’s By­ron Ro­jas at Em­per­ors Palace on March 19.

“I feel ex­tremely hon­oured to be given such rare recog­ni­tion by the WBA,” said a con­fi­dent Budler. It is in­cum­bent upon me to prove my worth in my next fight, which I hope to win very im­pres­sively.”

The Jo­han­nes­burg-based fighter says he is well aware of the ad­di­tional pres­sure he will be un­der be­cause of the fame that goes with be­ing a su­per champ.

“I will be on top of my game against Ro­jas be­cause he’s a fast mover in­side the ring and packs a mean punch.

“But I will be too good for him and prove I re­ally de­serve to be called su­per cham­pion.”

The Hex­e­cu­tioner has suf­fered only one de­feat in a ca­reer span­ning 30 pro­fes­sional fights, while Ro­jas has had a record of 16 wins, two de­feats and three draws in 21 paid bouts.

PHOTO: DUIF DU TOIT/ GALLO IM­AGES

SU­PER­STAR Su­per champ Hekkie Budler will be up against By­ron Ro­jas in March

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