JOHANNESBURG– Gauteng boxing promoter Jeff Ellis will present his ‘Christmas Cracker’ bill at Emperors Palace on December 4 (start 7.30pm).
The emphasis of the evening will be on new talent, though experienced Johnny Muller will also make a turn in a cruiserweight 10-rounder against the DRC’s Youssef Mwanza, who works out under Manny Fernandes and recently shocked unbeaten George Tshimanga.
The headliner, though, is a scrap for the Gauteng bantamweight title between Joshua Studdard and Lebogang Mapitsi.
Studdard has had a rough past 12 months, having to deal with the death of his father and uncertainty over his best weight class, but reports out of his gym are encouraging.
Unbeaten Rowan Campbell looks to have found his right division, meanwhile, having his second outing at super-middleweight against Bongani Mlotshwa.
There’s an especially exciting cruiserweight match-up with undefeated Josh Roos against promising Chris Thompson, who is coming off a fight against Akani Phuzi, which he narrowly lost.
Fans should also keep an eye on Michael Markham, a light-heavyweight up against Mike McLeod. Markham was SA amateur champion in 2016 and also represented Canada during his time there. He is back in SA and looking to make his mark in the division.
“We’ve been doing these promotions for a few years now and the fans always love to come out,” said Ellis. “The thing that drives these match-ups is the prospect of a great fight.”