Hexecutioner loves being the super champ
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.
SUPERSTAR Super champ Hekkie Budler will be up against Byron Rojas in March