Budler tar­gets early 2017 suc­cess

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HEKKIE Budler will hope 2017 brings him early suc­cess when he fights Filipino Joey Canoy at Em­per­ors Palace on Fe­bru­ary 4. The straw-weight’s fight with Canoy will only be the sec­ond for Budler since his up­set de­ci­sion loss to Byron Ro­jas last March. His op­po­nent, how­ever, has won his last two fights – re­cently knock­ing out un­beaten Toto Lan­dero.

Said Budler: “I don’t know much about Canoy, haven’t seen any of his fights but I am ex­pect­ing a very hard fight and I think he is a good puncher so I’m go­ing have to be at my best.”

Budler says the loss to Ro­jas still up­sets him: “I just had to look at my­self and sort out what was wrong and I did it,”

Budler says the move up to the di­vi­sion hasn’t had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on him but hopes it brings in­creased punch­ing power.

Canoy’s trainer, Brix Flores said they are ex­pect­ing a very tough fight against South African Budler but are con­fi­dent of vic­tory. – African News Agency (ANA)

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