Will Kriel be The Real deal against Ali­mento?

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za Just how good is Dee­jay “The Real” Kriel in the ring?

This will be an­swered when the man, billed as South Africa’s budding golden boy of the ring, col­lides with Filipino Dex­ter “Kid­mama” Ali­mento for the va­cant World Box­ing Coun­cil in­ter­na­tional min­i­mumweight ti­tle at Em­per­ors Palace this af­ter­noon.

Many have lauded Kriel’s punch­ing power. He has dis­posed of his foes so im­pres­sively that his pro­moter, Rod­ney Ber­man of Golden Gloves, says the young­ster pos­sesses all the hall­marks of a world cham­pion.

To show how se­ri­ously The Real is taken, he has been ear­marked to follow in the foot­steps of his sta­ble­mate Hekkie “Hex­e­cu­tioner” Budler, who holds the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IBO) light-fly­weight crown.

But against Ali­mento, Kriel will most likely face the stiffest test of his box­ing ca­reer – he will be slug­ging it out with an op­po­nent with sim­i­lar ring cre­den­tials (

Box­ers from the Philip­pines are widely re­garded as tough cus­tomers, renowned for com­ing for­ward and dic­tat­ing the pace of the bout. Ali­mento is no ex­cep­tion.

But The Real, whose only blem­ish is a points de­feat suf­fered at the hands of Colin Tloubatla in his pro­fes­sional de­but at Gold Reef City in 2014, will rely on his speed to over­come Ali­mento.

Kriel, who is trained by Colin Nathan, was in his el­e­ment when he de­feated Xolisa Ma­gusha by a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion at Em­per­ors Palace in April.

Against Ali­mento, The Real will have a vo­cif­er­ous Em­per­ors crowd be­hind him. But Kid­mama will be hell­bent on mak­ing sure the bout does not go the full dis­tance.

He stopped jour­ney­man Rodel Te­jares in the sixth round in Bukid­non, the Philip­pines, in March.

Also fea­tured on the Golden Gloves

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Will Dee­jay's punches be too strong for Dex­ter? Amab­hungu Ak’sasa bill will be the re­cently crowned In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (IBF) youth feath­er­weight cham­pion, Ler­ato Dlamini, who will face Them­bani Hobyane over eight rounds.

There will be five more bouts on the card for the tour­na­ment.

. On Fri­day, Gideon “Hard­core” Buthelezi will de­fend his IBO ju­nior ban­tamweight ti­tle against Ryan Rey Pon­teras from the Philip­pines, at the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in East Lon­don.

The main sup­port­ing fight in the Xaba Pro­mo­tion & Events ex­trav­a­ganza will be for the va­cant IBF in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal ju­nior feath­er­weight crown, fea­tur­ing Ludumo La­mati, who will meet Colom­bian Luis Me­len­dez.

The other fight will be the va­cant IBF in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal ban­tamweight clash be­tween Cape Town-based Mzu­vuk­ile “Old Bones” Mag­waca and Nicaraguan Yes­ner Talav­era.

In a lo­cal derby in­volv­ing box­ers from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, Siphamandla Baleni will put his South African mini-fly­weight belt on the line against Bangile Nyan­gani.

Other fights to look for­ward to:

Yanga Sigqibo vs Mfundo Gwayana ( ju­nior ban­tamweight, eight rounds); Sikho Nqot­hole vs Saul Hlung­wani ( ju­nior ban­tamweight, six rounds); Uyanda No­gogo vs Khakhathi Ra­muntshi (wel­ter­weight, six rounds).

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