Hekkie “Hexecutioner” Budler, SA’s most decorated fighter of the decade, says only the WBC belt is needed for Colin Nathan’s most productive HotBox Gym trainer when he faces Kenshiro Teraji in Japan on September 18.
Terajis would put both the WBC and WBA belts on the line against Budler and emerge winner with The Ring Magazine belt.
This is not actually a sanctioning body, as the magazine’s journalists have picked it up It is only supposed to be at stake when the two best teams in the weight division fight each other.
Bodler earned that belt in 2018 when he defeated IBA Junior Flyweight Champion Raichi Taguchi in Japan.
“We already have WBA, The Ring Magazine and IBF belts in our gym“So we just need the WBC,” said Bodler, who lost the WBA Super, IBF and The Ring Magazine belts in 2018 to Hiroto Kiyoguchi in Macau.
Budler had been anxiously awaiting confirmation that he would be Teraji’s dance partner since June last year when the WBC silver champion won a disqualification fight against Elwyn Soto in Mexico.
Nathan announced yesterday that the deal was done through No Doubt Management and Teiken Boxing Promotions, the powerhouse in world boxing promotion.
Asked how he felt about the opportunity, Bodler said: “It’s great; we now know what’s going on, it’s huge. I have to take this opportunity with both hands and I believe that with my technique I can overcome my turmoil. At my age When you get such opportunities, you should take full advantage of them.”
He described Taraji as a very strong man who always runs forward. “He hits hard,” said Bodler of the champ, who has a record of 14 knockouts in a 22-win-loss streak. Of Baudeler’s 35 wins, only 11 ended in a short run, as opposed to four losses.
“He’s also a very tactical and accurate fighter, and he works very hard. It’s going to be a very tough fight but that’s what I like because tough fights enable me to test myself,” said Bodler.