Back In Action This Sat. In South Africa
This Saturday, while DiBella Entertainment's Andy Lee will
be looking to become the new WBC Middleweight Champion of
the world when he takes on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at the Sun
Bowl Stadium in El Paso, TX, former cruiserweight world
title challenger Ran Nakash (26-1, 18KO's) will be looking
to put himself back into the spotlight. Nakash is scheduled
to take on Johnny Muller (10-1-2, 7KO's) at the Emperor's
Palace in Gauteng, South Africa, in the first round of
Rodney Berman's Golden Gloves promoted Super 8 Cruiserweight
In addition to Nakash and Muller, the other six fighters
consist of Daniel Bruwer (22-4-1, 19KO's), Zack Mwekassa
(12-2, 11KO's), Thabiso Mchunu (9-1, 6KO's), Flo Simba
(12-2, 10KO's), Tshepang Mohale (8-4, 7KO's) and Danie
Venter (13-5, 10KO's).
Many boxing insiders feel Nakash is the favorite going in,
but, as seen by the other participants, records, everyone
has legitimate knockout power, meaning anything can happen.
That being said, with just a few days until the start of the
tournament, Nakash is full of confidence.
"After my fight against Huck, I haven't stopped dreaming
about when my next title fight will come," said Nakash. "It
is all I think about every day. For me to fulfill that
dream, I must win the Super 8, and that is exactly what I
intend on doing."
After dropping a competitive decision to WBO Cruiserweight
Champion Marco Huck in April of last year, Nakash, the
Israel Defense Forces Chief Commander of Krav Maga, traveled
to New York and made his successful DBE debut on January 29,
2012, pitching a shutout (80-72 across the board) over
Philadelphia's heavy-handed Derek Bryant (20-6-1, 17KO's).
Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment, was looking
to bring Nakash back stateside, until he received the offer
from Berman, with whom DiBella has a great working
relationship, as they co-promote world-rated super
middleweight contender Tommy Oosthuizen.
The second round of the tournament will take place on
September 22, with the finals culminating on November 10.