Boxing - and controversial South African heavyweight Kallie Knoetze (pronounced Ko-leo Ken-Uteza) is expected to be fit to fight American John Tate on Saturday (June 2) as scheduled.
CU INT Kallie Knoetze being greased prior to sparring
SV Audience seated
SV Knoetze sparring with lightweight
CU The light-weight boxer chasing Knoetze around the ring and forcing him into a corner, Knoetze makes a face at the light-weight and shows him his chin before moving out of the corner (2 shots)
SV Knoetze sparring with a heavier opponent, (wearing red protector) and exchanging blows in middle of the ring
The South African heavyweight champion, Gerrie Koetzee fights Leon Spinks of the United States in Monte Carlo, Monaco on June 24th. According to South African reports Muhammed Ali who is expected to attend the Monaco fight may give up his World Boxing Association title after the fight.
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Background: Boxing - and controversial South African heavyweight Kallie Knoetze (pronounced Ko-leo Ken-Uteza) is expected to be fit to fight American John Tate on Saturday (June 2) as scheduled. According to promoter Matt Lotter, Knoetze who was injured in training this week, has responded to treatment and should be ready for the bout in Bphuthatswana a black homeland state in South Africa. The fight is likely to be watched by an estimated 600 million television viewers around the world.
SYNOPSIS: Ex-policeman kallie Knoetze has been a controversial figure since he sot a black youth in the legs while on constable duty in Pretoria. Though Knoetze was cleared of all charges in the law suit that followed, the incident has affected the South African's career.
In January, Knoetze went to the United States to fight Bill Sharkey and found stiff public opposition. After one postponement, he defeated Sharkey in four rounds. On Saturday he faces John Tate - ranked no. 3 in the world by the World Boxing Association.
In was in training, not while sparring that Knoetze injured himself. According to reports from his camp, he pulled a muscle in his left shoulder while working on he heavy bag. That apparently has now healed.
The fight is regarded as one of two unofficial eliminators for the World Boxing Association (WBA) crown, which Muhammed Ali is expected to relinquish soon. and if Knoetze - renowned for his hard-hitting - wins he will emerge as one of the main contenders for the title.