Big Hitters to explode at Emerald Casino

VANDERBIJLPARK. – Aptly named, Big Hitters is the title for Kalakoda Promotions’ and Kwesé Sports’ boxing extravaganza on the 23 February at the Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark, Johannesburg. The event is headlined by the SA Heavyweight Title, which sees both the potential changing of the guard and a chance to reinvigorate interest in a division that has been somewhat dormant. The co-main event sees a WBC Silver Youth Middleweight Title contested by Croatian prospect Luka Pupek and Tanzania Aziz Mponda, making the event a truly international affair.

Current SA Heavyweight Champion Osbourne Machimane who has shared the ring with the likes of David Price and Corrie Sanders, takes on the challenge from the number one contender, Ruann Visser. Visser and Machimane are former stable mates and sparring partners, but on the 23rd this match up promises to be an all-out war for the right to be the boss of the South Africa Heavyweight division. These are big men who throw bombs and with a combined weight of around two hundred and fifty kilograms, this promises to be all action.

“Outside the ring we are friends, but when that bells goes we will go to war, I am in the best shape of my life, this is my time,”  Ruann Visser.

“Ruann is strong, but I have a lot of experience, I know what he can do and I am well prepared, this belt is going nowhere,” SA Heavyweight Champion Osbourne Machimane

Visser has twice been invited to the Klitschko Camp as a sparring partner where he caught the eye of former Team Klitschko trainer and world renown Heavyweight specialist James Ali Basheer. The impression made was such that Basheer has since relocated and based himself in Meyerton on the Visser Farm where he trains both Ruann and Ukrainian Heavyweight prospect Vlad Sirenko.

“What I saw in Ruann excited me, he is a great student of the game, his willingness to learn is refreshing, he has all the attributes that can make this kid go all the way,” James Ali Basheer

The remainder of the bill features mix of local and Pan African fighters as well as South African based, Ukrainian heavyweight sensation Vlad Sirenko. The stage is set, the fighters are ready, this should be an epic event not to be missed. Catch it live on Soweto TV, Kwesé Free Sports, Kwesé Sports 1, Facebook Live and on the Kwesé Mobile App. Tickets are on sale now at Computicket

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