Former World Champion Hekkie Budler Announces Retirement

  • Kingston Bailey
  • Sports
  • April 6, 2024

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Hekkie Budler, the acclaimed South African boxer, has decided to hang up his gloves, marking the end of a remarkable career that saw him become only the second South African to clinch the prestigious Ring Magazine world title.

Budler’s unanimous points decision victory over Japan’s Ryoichi Taguchi in 2018 elevated him to the pinnacle of the sport, unifying the light flyweight title and etching his name in the annals of boxing history. Hailing from Johannesburg, his triumph resonated not only in his homeland but also across the global boxing community.

Reflecting on his illustrious career, Budler expressed immense pride in his achievements, notably his titles from the IBF, IBO, WBA, and Ring Magazine. These accolades stand as a testament to his dedication, skill, and unwavering commitment to the sport.

In a statement regarding his retirement, Budler remarked, “I am proud of everything I have accomplished in the ring. Winning multiple world titles has been a dream come true for me. However, I believe it is now time for me to step away and embrace the next chapter in my life.”

Budler’s decision to retire comes as a surprise to many in the boxing world, given his continued competitiveness and recent performances. However, the South African boxing icon appears resolute in his choice, indicating a desire to transition into new endeavors beyond the squared circle.

Throughout his career, Budler has exemplified the virtues of sportsmanship, resilience, and determination, earning admiration and respect from fans and peers alike. His departure from professional boxing leaves behind a legacy that will be cherished and remembered by generations of boxing enthusiasts.

As Budler bids farewell to the sport that has been central to his life for so long, the boxing community extends its gratitude for his contributions and wishes him success and fulfillment in all his future endeavors.