Promoter Rodney Berman has announced that the WBC is once again opening its doors to South African fighters.
The first South African boxer to fight for the WBC belt was Thulani "Sugarboy" Malinga. He annexed the super middleweight strap from Nigel Benn in the UK on March 2 1996
Malinga was trained by Nick Durandt and Elias "Mr Fantastic" Tshabalala and promoted by Berman.
Dingaan "The Rose of Soweto" Thobela was Berman’s last WBC champion. He won the same middleweight belt from Glen Catley in Brakpan on September 1 2000.
Berman, who trades under the banner of Golden Gloves Promotions, announced yesterday that he had received a phone call from the WBC informing him that his charge Gideon "Hardcore" Buthelezi will challenge WBC junior flyweight champion Adrian "El Confesor" Hernandez.
"This is good news to both of us, (Golden Gloves) and the country," Berman said. "I expect confirmation about the date in six weeks.
"But I can tell you that the fight will take place at Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico."
Buthelezi, the current IBO junior flyweight champion, who is from Boipatong in the Vaal, is rated No 6 by the WBC. The left-hander is trained by Tshabalala.
In other news Berman added that Thomas "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen will defend the IBO super middleweight strap against Aaron Pryor Junior in Biloxi, Mississippi on September 3
Pryor is the son of legendary Aaron "Hawk" Pryor who held both the WBA and IBF
junior welterweight titles in the 1990s.Oosthuizen, a lefty whose skills are perfected by respected veteran trainer Harold Volbrecht, is undefeated after 17 fights with one draw.
He is rated no 12 by the WBC while Pryor, who occupies the No 7 spot, has 16 wins (11 KOs) against three losses.
"Buthelezi’s fight against Hernandez and Tommy’s defence will both be televised by HBO. It’s massive exposure for our fighters and we are delighted," said Berman in his parting shot.
August 4, 2011