Beating bullies in the ring
YOUNG pro Joshua TKO Studdard can bring back the flair local boxers were once known for.
This is according to several respected boxing personalities.
The 22-year-old flyweight from Sophiatown, Joburg, is the nephew of the late Transvaal middleweight boxing champion Cameron Kangaroo” Adams.
Those who speak highly of Studdard include former WBU welterweight champion Jan Bergman; Pastor Peter Faver, a former junior welterweight campaigner from Westbury; and trainer Bernie Pailman from Noordgesig.
The boy has a bright future in boxing. He’s got height and power,” said Bergman, whose left hook used to separate boxers’ minds from their bodies.
I watched his recent fight when he stopped his opponent in the third round [Linda Sifundza on April 10] and I was impressed.”
Faver said: Joshua is capable of doing it, but I am not impressed by how his mother is involved.
Hekkie Budler [the WBA and IBO strawweight champion] is like Joshua. He enjoys support from his father, but the father allows trainer Colin Nathan to do what he knows best.
That is what must happen to Joshua, then you will see wonders.”
Pailman guided Studdard to a thirdround knockout win in his professional debut against Colin Tloubatla on October 6 2012.
He said Studdard just needed to focus. He has a lot on his plate.” The two parted ways last year and the hard-hitting rookie is now trained by Warren Hulley.
Studdard said he had to put his studies on hold to focus because boxing required undivided attention.
I have a passion for this sport, which runs in my family,” he said adding that his father, Rocky, and grandfather also boxed.
My mother manages me and she looks after my diet.
My family are so supportive that they even allow me to use the backyard of our house to train because Warren does not have a gym.”
Studdard wants to be the best flyweight in the country, and he doesn’t want to be compared to other members of his illustrious boxing family.
I know it is not going to be easy, but I have a dream.”
That dream was born when he was growing up in Eldorado Park. He was often bullied.
One day I came back home crying, as I had always done
My father grabbed me by the chest and told me that it better be the last time I came home crying because he was going to beat me up,” Studdard said.
I went out, they bullied me again and this time I ran home past my father.
We had this old wooden dressing table with long legs. I ripped one leg off, dragged it back to the street and whacked a few of them.
Their parents came to complain to my father. He admonished me for beating them up with weapons,” he said.
Rocky then started teaching his son the basics of boxing balance and movement and showed him some exercises to practise.
I did that for four weeks without going out.
One day I went out and about 10 of them came to do what they had been doing in the past. I knocked the first one and he fell. The other four also tried they, too, hit the deck, and the others ran for dear life.” ! ! " ! # $ % ! & $ " % " #'
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