Tristan Truter may be fresh off a knockout victory over Xolisa Nonkonyane but he is promising to be even better in his next fight. He takes on Faraday Mukandila in the first defence of his ABU (SADC) junior middleweight title on August 31 at the Turffontein Racecourse.
“Expect a quicker, faster Tristan,” he says.
“I’m a more experienced fighter now.”
The 20-year-old has been growing steadily as he looks to one day become a force in the sport.
He expects to beat Mundila.
“I don’t know much about him but I’ve seen him fight a few times. He’s not someone who can beat me. But I shouldn’t underestimate anybody. I’m looking forward to fighting him,” said Truter.
The youngster clearly trusts his power.
“If I hit him flush on the chin he’s going to fall ad he’s going to fall hard but that’s not my goal. I want 10 rounds. So I really want to get that experience behind my belt,” he said.
Off course Truter won his last fight by a first round knockout.
The lanky fighter is also happy to have his younger brother, Cayden, as one of his training partners.
“It’s a cool experience having him with me,” he says.
“Nice to have him to train with. We spar together. Nice quick sparring, quick hands.”
Off course 18-year-old Cayden is not the big brother’s only sparring partner. He also works with seasoned professionals like Thomas Oosthuizen and Johnny Muller at Harold Volbrecht’s Hammer Gym.
“Their will to carry on and they always find a way to improve during sparring. Learning from them is a great honour and experience,” says Tristan.