The heavyweight showdown was marked by bad blood to begin with. Cape Town’s Brendon Groenewald and Johannesburg’s Van Heerden had baited each other remorselessly in the buildup. Groenewald attempted a ground assault in the second, a choice that backfired when Van Heerden took mount and delivered brutal ground and pound, leaving Groenewald in a bloody mess and the loser by TKO.
Out of hospital and recovering – The former heavyweight champion Brendon Groenewald released the following statement on Facebook.
“Old Dogs can be taught new lessons. Well done Danie van Heerden for delivering a seasons beatings to me. So i’m hoping I at least get bruise of the night award. Thanks to all for the support and sorry so disappointing but its the hurt game and it happens. I’ll be back and in my usual form.”