Zululand Observer - Weekender
Out for the count!
RICHARDS Bay’s professional heavyweight boxer Joshua ‘Red Beast’ Pretorius delivered a three shot combination that left Johannesburg’s Nhlakanipho Gwamanda knocked out cold on the ropes of the ring in their bout on Sunday at Time Square Casino in Pretoria.
This killer combination ended the fight just 1 minute and 53 seconds into the first round.
The win boosts Pretorius’s professional fight record to four wins (all KO’s) and two losses (points).
Going into the bout, Pretorius was at a weight disadvantage after weighing in at 101.4kg, compared to Gwamanda who tipped the scales at 118.3kg.
‘The fight started out as a slug fest, with both of us exchanging hefty blows,’ said Pretorius.
‘He caught me with a left hook early on, which knocked me off balance and down to the canvas.’
The referee stopped the fight and completed a mandatory eight count.
‘I felt one hundred percent, composed and went in to make a statement and complete the job.
‘I connected Nhlakanipho with a solid right hook, which knocked him to the canvas.’
Once again the referee stopped the fight and completed a mandatory eight count.
But Pretorius’s blow had done damage and left Gwamanda dazed.
‘I stepped in and worked him to the corner, before completing a three shot combo - straight jab to head, right hook to body and left hook to jaw.’
This combination resulted in an instant knock-out which handed the ‘Red Beast’ the win.
‘It’s straight back to training for me,’ he said, looking ahead.
The ‘Red Beast’ trains twice a day, for two hours per session.
A typical day starts off with a 7km run, followed by a two hour gym session, before a two hour sparring and bag session in the evening.
There is a great possibility of a heavyweight provincial fight on the cards for Pretorius, scheduled in Richards Bay in December.
Watch the press for further details.