Zululand Observer - Weekender

Out for the count!

- Richard Springorum

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.

 ?? Christo Smith ?? Joshua ‘Red Beast’ Pretorius knocked fellow heavyweigh­t Nhlakaniph­o Gwamanda out one minute and 53 seconds into the first round in his fight on Sunday.
Christo Smith Joshua ‘Red Beast’ Pretorius knocked fellow heavyweigh­t Nhlakaniph­o Gwamanda out one minute and 53 seconds into the first round in his fight on Sunday.
 ??  ?? Joshua ‘Red Beast’ Pretorius delivered a left hook that knocked out fellow heavyweigh­t Nhlakaniph­o Gwamanda in the first round
Joshua ‘Red Beast’ Pretorius delivered a left hook that knocked out fellow heavyweigh­t Nhlakaniph­o Gwamanda in the first round

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