Feature | Aug 07 2014

Rodney Berman: ‘Marco Antonio Rubio and Sam Soliman both turned down a Martin Murray fight’

Golden Gloves chief Rodney Berman discusses Martin Murray and Hekkie Budler with Danny Winterbottom
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SOUTH AFRICAN promotional consortium Golden Gloves has produced over 50 ‘world’ champions throughout its near 40-year association with the sport and today it is thriving in the glamorous surroundings of Monte Carlo with St Helens’ world title-chasing Martin Murray and Hekkie Budler – Johannesburg’s diminutive WBA strawweight title-holder – bringing the Sweet Science to the principality.

Rodney Berman, the company’s veteran figurehead and visionary, first ventured into professional boxing promotion when the “Silver Assassin” Charlie Weir knocked out Bushy Bester at Wembley Ice Rink in Johannesburg on August 29, 1977, beginning a long and illustrious association with the game.

In 1987, Berman travelled to America to lobby then-IBF President Bobby Lee, and he became the first promoter from South Africa to work with the governing body, leading to names such as Welcome Ncita, Vuyani Bungu, Phillip Holiday, Brian Mitchell and Lehlo Ledwaba holding IBF world titles.