SA's Gare to fight for WBF title
South African veteran William Gare will meet former WBC super-middleweight champion Robin Reid for the vacant World Boxing Federation title next month.
The fight is scheduled to take place in an open-air arena in Ta’Qali, Malta, on August 17 – possibly the country’s first “world” title bout.
Reid, a veteran from England, has a professional record of 42-7-1, with 29 knockouts. He won the WBC belt in October 1996 and made his first defence against a South African, Giovanni Pretorius.
He also lost it to a South African. Thulani “Sugarboy” Malinga beat him on points in London in December 1997.
Details of the tournament have been announced by Howard Goldberg, who has done much to regenerate the organisation since taking over as WBF president.
On the undercard, Tony Dodson a former British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion – he has a record of 28-7-1; 14 – will fight for the vacant WBF International light-heavyweight title. The name of his opponent still has to be announced.
Gare, who is 37 years old, has won 26 and lost 14 of his 41 fights. He drew one and stopped only four of his opponents.
He has held the WBF super-middleweight and WBC international and SA light-middleweight titles.