boxers mthalane and budler could defend their world titles on same card

16:00    24 Jul 2018

Boxing manager and trainer Colin Nathan has indicated that South African boxers Moruti Mthalane and Hekkie Budler could defend their world titles on the same card.

Mthalane recently regained his IBF flyweight title with a close, but unanimous decision over Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem in Malaysia.

The 35-year-old’s manager and trainer, Nathan has stated that the experienced boxer is most likely to defend his title later this year.

“I definitely think Moruti will have one more this year. This was a tough fight. We’re already starting talking about a unification,” Nathan said on The Ring.

“But that’s not going to happen within the next three or four months. I’d like to do a fight toward the end of the year; it’s a possibility that it will happen in South Africa.

“Things are changing in South African boxing, talents coming through. Right now I’m kind of overwhelmed because it’s a big win for Moruti on a big stage. I want to enjoy this moment with Moruti.”

Perhaps if the stars align, Mthalane and his stablemate, RING/WBA/IBF junior flyweight champion Hekkie Budler – who also enjoyed a big title victory on away soil – will defend their respective titles on the same card.

“Anything is possible and I think it would be massive, and I would love to explore that opportunity,” said Nathan, who runs Hotbox gym in Johannesburg.

“Obviously it’s going to take a lot of funding and backing, but if you dream it you can do it. And I think South African boxing is on a high, so let’s possibly look at it and strike while the iron’s hot.”

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