Word war! It's Pailman vs Ross
THE hostilities between trainers Benny Pailman and Keith Rass have heated up following the fight between their charges, Malcolm "The Stone" Klassen and Bongani "Wonderboy" Mahlangu, at Emperors Palace on Monday night.
Mahlangu, at Emperors Palace on Monday night.
Rass from Eldorado Park had said in biblical terms that the fight was going to be like that between David and Goliath, and that Mahlangu - the smaller guy (a natural bantamweight fighter of 53,52kg) - would triumph over the giant Klassen (a fully fledged junior lightweight boxer of 61,24kg).
And Pailman had said it was going to be a walk in the park for Klassen.
But Klassen, former two times IBF and WBF champion, could only outpoint Mahlangu, a former WBA Pan African bantamweight holder, over eight rounds.
"What happened to David?" asks Pailman from Noordgesig.
"Keith has been a trainer for many years but he has never produced even a Gauteng champion.
"He has ex-champions Cassius Baloyi, Isaac Hlatshwayo and Mahlangu in his stable, and they were produced by other trainers.
"I put Keith on the map by giving his boxers fights because if promoters look for a boxer I tell them to ask Keith."
Pailman says he even organised the eight rounder between Klassen and Baloyi, which Klassen won on points two months ago.
"Otherwise Rass would remain an in-house trainer," says Pailman.
"I took Baldwin Tshiakale to win the SA cruiserweight title in 2002. Sipho Taliwe and Marcel Jafta had no amateur experience but I took them and Nkululeko Mhlongo, who had one win and a loss, to win Baby Champs titles."
Pailman's name is mentioned by Boxing South Africa as one of the top five trainers in the country.
Rass says: "Benny suffers from amnesia. He has forgotten that my boxer Ronald Parks won the Gauteng mini-flyweight title.
"Sydney Maluleka and Klassen were produced by other trainers.
"The only boxer he took from scratch was Taliwe."
Taliwe holds the WBC International title.
Rass adds: "Go to BoxRec.com. You will find my record as a fighter. I boxed before becoming a trainer, unlike Benny, who was a bucket man for trainer Nick Durandt.
"Benny must shut up, otherwise we will expose him."
Pailman hones the skills of fighters at Westside Boxing Academy in Westbury, while Rass uses late trainer Reggie Healey's gym in Florida.