Budler Equals Legentary Toweel’s Record!
(By Terry Pettifer - goldengloves.co.za)
March 1, 2010
South Africa’s diminutive Hekkie “The Hex-ecutioner” Budler equaled the record of the legendary Vic Toweel at Emperors Palace on Saturday night, by winning a world title in only his 14th professional fight. The 21-year-old Budler upset the odds and many boxing pundits when he scored a narrow, albeit thoroughly deserved 12-round majority decision over Juanito Rubillar of the Phillipines in a bout for the vacant IBO world junior flyweight title.
Make no mistake, this was a blistering contest that had the full-house crowd on their feet for most of the fight and while some ringsiders felt that the 33-year-old veteran from the Philippines may have done enough to edge his far less experienced opponent, others (this writer included) agreed with the official verdict, that saw the battle-bruised Newlands warrior lift the vacant crown. Mind you, this fever-pitched encounter was up for grabs for most of the way, and at the final bell your scribe’s uninvited prognosis had the fiery South African ahead by two points (115-113) which happened to concur with one of the ringside judges Deon Dwarte.
Eastern Cape official Lulama Mtya seemed overly generous in awarding Budler a four-point victory (117-113) while Isaac Tshabalala couldn’t separate the two lion-hearted practitioners and penciled in a score of 114-114.
Budler, who tipped the scales at 48.80 kg to the Filipino’s 48.98, started hard and fast and possibly won three of the first five rounds, before his southpaw rival picked up the pace to score with ripping body punches. American referee Pete Podgorski, however, failed to warn Rubillar enough times for using his head like a Billy-goat and after the fight Budler looked much the worse for wear.
As a result of this championship win, Budler’s record improved to 14-0, 5 knockouts, while Rubillar’s resume dropped to 48-14-7, 23 knockouts.
Though Budler’s swollen face bore ample testimony to the pace and fury of the fight, he managed a weary smile through blood-flecked lips afterwards. “I thought I was in front by the end of the eleventh and was satisfied that I’d done enough to win it” said the Python-loving new IBO champion.