The long wait is over for whirlwind and most famous fighter Hekkie “Hexecutioner” Budler to challenge the World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Association (WBA) and The Ring magazine for the junior flyweight belts.
Successful trainer/manager Colin “Nomakanjani” Nathan announced today that the official – who dyes his hair rainbow colors when he fights – will take on Japan’s Kenshiro Teraji for those three titles in Tokyo, Japan, on September 18.
He had been waiting for approval to compete for those three titles since June last year. Bodler made himself eligible to challenge Taraji the same month he won his elimination match by defeating Elwyn Soto in Mexico.
The approval of what would be his biggest boxing day since 2007 comes at the right time The cynics had already written him off as being washed up at the age of 35.
The deal that would see Budler become the sixth SA fighter to challenge for the WBC belt was put together by Nathan’s No Doubt Management and Teiken Boxing Promotion, the powerhouse in the world boxing promotion.
Other South Africans who have fought for the coveted WBC green and gold belt include Thulani “Sugar Boy” Malinga, Dingaan “The Rose of Soweto” Thobela, Vus’Umuzi “Marvelous” Malinga, Morgan Ndumo and Simpiwe “V12” Vitika. Only Thulani and Thobela succeeded. Coincidentally, they both hold the WBC middleweight title.
“I am very excited to officially announce that Hekkie will be chasing the legacy on September 18th in Japan,” said Nathan who has produced more legitimate world boxing champions in this country than any other trainer in this era.
“It is a long overdue shot at the Hex title and we are looking forward to another legitimate world champion in South Africa.”
Currently, Sivenathi “The Special One” Nontshinga is the only boxer to hold a prestigious world title across the African continent. The 24-year-old fighter from the Eastern Cape is the International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior flyweight champion. He is also supervised by Nathan.
Budler previously held the International Boxing Organization (IBO) and WBA minimum welterweight, IBO, WBA Super, IBF, and The Ring Magazine juniors. In his final title fight, he won the WBC junior silver flyweight belt. Budler won 35 out of 39 fights with 10 knockouts for four losses.