Battle of unbeatens at Emperors Palace

By Ron Jackson

South African light heavyweight champion Nicholas Radley and South African super middleweight champion Rowan Campbell, who are both unbeaten meet in an interesting catchweight clash over ten rounds with a limit of 78.4kgs (173 pounds) at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night.

The tournament will be shown live from 19:30 to midnight on SS8.

Campbell (11-0, 7 KOs) who fights out of the Smiths Gym in Fourways Sandton has surprised his critics with some gritty performances since he made his pro debut at Emperors Palace on December 1, 2016, where all his fights have taken place.

In August 2018 he won the vacant South African super middleweight title with a unanimous 12 round points decision over Renson Hobyani (8-2) and in his next fight claimed the vacant IBO All-Africa super middleweight title with a ten round points win over Alex Kabangu.

He has made successful defences of the All-Africa title against Yanga Phetani (pts 10) and Patrick Mukula (tko 7).

Radley (9-0, 8 KOs) from Cape Town made his pro on May 28, 2015 with a first round stoppage win over Unathi Ndlebe and won the vacant WBF African light heavyweight title in November 2017 with a second round knockout win over Makhosandile Zwengu (6-12).

He won the vacant South African light heavyweight title with a unanimous 12 round points decision over Khayeni Hlungwane who had only won 8 of his 21 fights.

In his most recent contest in June this year he retained the South African light heavyweight title with an eleventh round technical knockout win over Frank Rodrigues (6-1).

Radley will have height and reach advantages over Campbell, with Campbell the favourite to win over ten hard rounds.

UNDERCARD

In the first bout of the 4@WAR JUNIOR MIDDLEWIGHT COMPETITION, Tristan Truter 8-1; 5 meets Boyd Allen 4-0; 4 over ten rounds and in the second bout of the competition Brandon Thysse 11-2; 9 goes in against Roarke Knapp 9-0-1; 7.

In a clash of unbeaten fighters, one of South Africa’s most highly successful amateurs Ricardo Malajica 5-0; faces Mngobi Mkhize 8-0; 7 for the vacant ABU SADC bantamweight title.

In the two opening bouts of the evening Shane van Schalkwyk meets Katlego Khanyisa in a four round lightweight bout and Arnel Lubisi goes in against Layten Gloss at junior bantamweight over four rounds.

The tournament is presented by Golden Gloves Promotions

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