Ber­man back SA box­ing stars to shine bright

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - No South Africans are in the mix, al­though Rod­ney Ber­man be­lieves that one of the un­in­tended con­se­quences of the tour­na­ment will be op­por­tu­ni­ties for world class fighters Kevin Ler­ena and Thabiso Mchunu. Al­though Ber­man har­bours doubts about the vi­a­bilit

THE World Box­ing Su­per Se­ries for cruis­er­weights is fast gain­ing trac­tion with top fighters vy­ing for their share of the $50 mil­lion (about R650m) prize pot.

Con­firmed par­tic­i­pants in­clude three world cham­pi­ons and one for­mer cham­pion, all vy­ing for the Muham­mad Ali Tro­phy. They are IBF cham­pion Mu­rat Gassiev of Rus­sia, WBC belt holder Mairis Briedis of Latvia, WBA In­terim cham­pion Cuban Yu­nier Dor­ti­cos and for­mer IBF and WBC cham­pion Krzysztof Wło­dar­czyk of Poland. Oth­ers are still to be con­firmed. and Mchunu will be kept busy, hope­fully win­ning, and they’ll leapfrog in the rank­ings and boost their pro­files.”

To this end, he is plan­ning a cruis­er­weight block­buster for Oc­to­ber 21 fea­tur­ing both South Africans; a move rem­i­nis­cent of heavy­weights Ger­rie Coet­zee and Kal­lie Knoetze build­ing their in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tions three decades ago.

This is con­tin­gent mainly on Ler­ena beat­ing Max Maslov for the IBO ti­tle in Au­gust, no sure thing given that Maslov is as rugged as they come. Ber­man will, of

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