‘The Di­a­mond’ is locked, loaded and ready to go

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO SPORT - Richard Springo­rum

GARAGE Boys mixed mar­tial arts fighter Martin ‘The Di­a­mond’ de Beer has been putting in the hard yards and is ready and con­fi­dent for his up­com­ing ban­tamweight bout against Bel­lville’s Gary ‘Re­lent­less’ Joshua.

The stage is set and the show­down will take place at Grandwest, Cape Town on Satur­day, 31 March.

This will not be an easy fight for De Beer, who faces an un­beaten Jiu-Jitsu and kick­box­ing spe­cial­ist on his home turf.

The 29-year-old Capeto­nian fights out of Tri­core MMA un­der trainer Ruhan Louw and has recorded three wins in his pro­fes­sional ca­reer by way of sub­mis­sion, a TKO and a points de­ci­sion.

De­spite the home ground ad­van­tage and an un­blem­ished record, Joshua also has a height and reach ad­van­tage.

He is 1.72m tall and has a reach of 183cm, com­pared to De Beer who stands at 1.68m and has a reach of 166cm.

But De Beer has more ex­pe­ri­ence on his side and will look to tap into that to pick up the win.

The Zu­l­u­lan­der has recorded six wins (four sub­mis­sions and two from TKOs) and three losses (two sub­mis­sions and one points de­ci­sion) thus far on the pro cir­cuit.

The Muay Thai, kick­box­ing and box­ing spe­cial­ist could count him­self un­lucky with the three losses, as all three fights went down to the wire.

De Beer is well con­di­tioned and uses his range ef­fec­tively to chase and get in front of his op­po­nent, which has proved ef­fec­tive in the past.

Martin ‘The Di­a­mond’ de Beer

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