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If you are a fan of the sport of boxing, chances are you have heard of Hekkie Budler. With 20 years of experience as a professional boxer, Budler has made quite a name for himself in the sport, with an impressive record of 34 wins and only 4 losses. In this article, we will dive deep into his career, looking at his greatest achievements, his biggest challenges, and what makes him the boxer he is today.
Budler made his professional debut in 2007, at the young age of 19, against Michael Sediane. Despite his lack of experience, he managed to defeat Sediane in the first round via TKO. This would be the start of a string of 16 consecutive victories for Budler, including four wins via stoppage.
It wasn't until 2014, however, that Budler would have his first world title fight. After 25 professional fights, he faced off against Karluis Diaz for the strawweight WBA (vacant) title. In what was a stunning performance, Budler managed to defeat Diaz via 1st round KO, becoming the strawweight champion of the world.
This would only be the beginning of Budler's incredible career, as he went on to win four world titles at two different weight classes. One of his greatest achievements came in 2018 when he became a unified light-flyweight world champion by beating Ryoichi Taguchi via 12 round unanimous decision, holding the WBA (Super), IBF, and The Ring light-flyweight world-champion belts.
Budler's greatest strengths as a boxer are his incredible speed and ability to outmaneuver his opponents. He is known for his skillful footwork and quick hands, which allows him to throw punches quickly and efficiently while also dodging his opponent's counterattacks. These traits have helped him win many of his fights and have made him one of the most exciting boxers to watch in the sport today.
However, despite his impressive record, Budler has had his share of setbacks throughout his career. He has suffered four losses in total, three of which came in title bouts. His first defeat came in 2011 against Gideon Buthelezi via 12 round split-decision, ending his 17-fight win streak. He has also been stopped once, losing via knockout.
Despite these setbacks, Budler remains one of the top-ranked boxers in his weight class, with an impressive record that speaks for itself. His most recent fight was a non-title bout against Mexican boxer Elwin Soto, which he won via unanimous decision in June 2022.
In conclusion, Hekkie Budler is a fighter who has made a name for himself in the sport of boxing, with an impressive record of 34 wins and only 4 losses. His ability to outmaneuver opponents and his quick hands have helped him win many of his fights, including several world titles at two weight classes. While he has faced his share of setbacks throughout his career, he has always managed to bounce back, cementing his place as one of the top-ranked boxers in the sport today.
Hekkie Budler Fight Record
|38||Jun 25, 2022||34||Elwin Soto||Win||UD|
|37||May 22, 2021||33||Jonathan Almacen||Win||UD|
|36||Dec 31, 2018||30||Hiroto Kyoguchi||Loss||TKO10|
|35||May 20, 2018||30||Ryoichi Taguchi||Win||UD|
|34||Sep 16, 2017||29||Milan Melindo||Loss||SD|
|33||Feb 4, 2017||28||Joey Canoy||Win||RTD8|
|32||Oct 22, 2016||28||Siyabonga Siyo||Win||UD|
|31||Mar 19, 2016||27||Byron Rojas||Loss||UD|
|30||Sep 19, 2015||27||Simphiwe Khonco||Win||UD|
|29||Feb 21, 2015||26||Jesús Silvestre||Win||UD|
|28||Oct 25, 2014||26||Xiong Chaozhong||Win||UD|
|27||Jun 21, 2014||26||Vicha Phulaikaw||Win||KO8|
|26||Mar 1, 2014||25||Karluis Diaz||Win||KO1|
|25||Nov 9, 2013||25||Hugo Hernan Verchelli||Win||TKO4|
|24||Jun 15, 2013||25||Nkosinathi Joyi||Win||SD|
|23||Feb 16, 2013||24||Renan Trongco||Win||UD|
|22||Sep 22, 2012||24||Florante Condes||Win||UD|
|21||Mar 26, 2012||23||Shamila Kortman||Win||UD|
|20||Sep 24, 2011||23||Michael Landero||Win||UD|
|19||May 29, 2011||23||Luyanda Nkwankwa||Win||KO4|
|18||Jan 27, 2011||22||Gideon Buthelezi||Loss||SD|
|17||Aug 14, 2010||22||Evaristo Primero||Win||SD|
|16||Jun 19, 2010||22||Juanito Rubillar||Win||SD|
|15||Feb 27, 2010||21||Juanito Rubillar||Win||MD|
|14||Oct 31, 2009||21||Motswaki Moselesele||Win||KO1|
|13||Sep 29, 2009||21||Doctor Ntsele||Win||UD|
|12||Jul 11, 2009||21||Khanyakude Mukansi||Win||UD|
|11||Apr 2, 2009||20||Charity Mukondeleli||Win||PTS|
|10||Nov 29, 2008||20||Ronald Parks||Win||PTS|
|9||Sep 13, 2008||20||Dalisizwe Komani||Win||TKO6|
|8||Jul 15, 2008||20||Ronald Parks||Win||PTS|
|7||May 30, 2008||20||Loyiso Ngantweni||Win||PTS|
|6||Apr 29, 2008||19||Khanyakude Mukansi||Win||PTS|
|5||Feb 2, 2008||19||Sibusiso Twani||Win||PTS|
|4||Dec 28, 2007||19||Mario Gaxiola||Win||UD|
|3||Nov 12, 2007||19||Sibusiso Ngqalathi||Win||TKO2|
|2||Sep 17, 2007||19||Petros Mahlangu||Win||TKO1|
|1||Jul 5, 2007||19||Michael Sediane||Win||TKO1|