Hekkie the new IBO fly­weight champ

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Hekkie “Hex­e­cu­tioner” Budler added an­other feather in his cap by be­ing crowned the new In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IBO) ju­nior fly­weight cham­pion here last night.

This came after he stopped Joey Canoy of the Philip­pines in the eighth round to lift the cham­pi­onship belt that was va­cant.

Ref­eree Tony Nyangiwe stopped the pro­ceed­ings in the be­gin­ning of the eighth round after Canoy re­fused to come out of his cor­ner to re­sume fight­ing.

The bout got off to a fre­netic pace with both slug­gers ex­chang­ing heavy leather from the first three rounds that saw the Hex­e­cu­tioner catch­ing Canoy with straight right hooks.

How­ever, Canoy, who fought from the south­paw stance, re­tal­i­ated with telling body shots.

Budler, mak­ing his 24th ap­pear­ance at Em­per­ors Palace amid a loud cheer from vo­cif­er­ous fans, con­nected with telling shots in the fifth.

The vis­i­tor an­swered with crisp bombs to the body, but the South African upped the ante by land­ing more bombs.

With blood com­ing from his up­per right eye as a re­sult of a head butt, Budler dropped Canoy with a telling right body shot, only for the vis­i­tor to beat the count.

At this stage, Budler came out fiercely and gave it his all against a clearly tired and out-of-sorts Canoy, who re­lied on hold­ing as he was un­der sever at­tack.

The sev­enth round sig­nalled a re­newed vigour for Budler as he caught a di­shev­elled Canoy at will with some great bombs – much to the de­light and approval of fans.

It came as no sur­prise when Canoy re­fused to get up from his cor­ner in the eighth, re­sult­ing in the bout be­ing halted to save him from fur­ther pun­ish­ment.

Budler has now stretched his record to 31 wins and two losses in 33 out­ings.

His trainer, Collin Nathan, said af­ter­wards: “Hekkie will make one more title de­fence and chal­lenge for the title of one of the big world sanc­tion­ing bod­ies.”

In an­other fight, Thu­lani “Evo­lu­tion” Mbenge stretched his un­beaten record to nine fights by stop­ping Ntuthuko Memela in the third of the eight-round wel­ter­weight con­test.

Memela, who fights out of Gaut­eng, con­trolled the fight from the start as he un­set­tled his KwaZulu-Natal op­po­nent with straight shots. He fol­lowed straight shot and the ref­eree Ben Nca­pai in­ter­vened to halt the pro­ceed­ings in the 56th sec­ond of the third round.

In the first bout of the evening, Rowan Camp­bell of Gaut­eng knocked out Lim­popo’s Fhu­lufh­elo Ra­mal­iba in the first round of their sched­uled four-round lightheavy­weight con­test.

Camp­bell caught Ra­mal­iba with a pow­er­ful left body shot ear­lier, but Ra­mal­iba beat the count.

Camp­bell fol­lowed with an­other fierce left body shot that sent his foe crash­ing to the can­vas and ref­eree Ben Nca­pai stepped in to count Ra­mal­iba out. Camp­bell im­proved his record to two wins.

PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

PUNCH DRUNK Hekkie ‘Hex­e­cu­tioner’ Budler stopped Joey Canoy in his tracks at the be­gin­ning on the eighth round at Em­per­ors Palace for the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion ju­nior fly­weight title

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