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Boxing | South Africa

Hekkie Budler © Gallo Images

Hekkie faces 60-fight veteran



A veteran of 60 professional fights will challenge Hekkie Budler for his two minimumweight "world" titles in Monte Carlo on June 21.

Budler’s WBA and IBO belts will be on the line when he takes on Pygmy Kokietgym from Thailand in a Golden Gloves Promotions tournament.

Pygmy, 32, has a record of 56 victories, six defeats, two draws and 22 wins inside the distance. He has won several Asian titles and gave Kwanthai Sithmorseng, then the WBA champion, a run for his money in 2010.

Budler is now regarded as the best minimum fighter in the world, having compiled a record of 25-1, including 8 knockouts. After victories over Nkosinathi Joyi, Karluis Diaz and Hugo Verchelli he also has a huge reputation to defend.

English middleweight Martin Murray, who beat Ishmael Tetteh from Ghana at Emperors Palace earlier this week, will top the Monte Carlo bill in a middleweight fight against Max Bursak of Ukraine.

Popular cruiserweight Junior Makabu will face Mateusz Masternak on the undercard. Makabu is ranked No 2 by the WBA and the Polish opponent is sixth on the WBA list.

Makabu (16-1, 15 KOs), from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is based in South Africa and holds a record of 16-1, with 15 wins inside the distance.

Masternak’s record stands at 32-1, with 23 knockouts. His only defeat was in October last year when Grigory Drozd beat him on points.



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