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'Lights Out' sizzles

By unknown | Nov 30, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Marcel "Lights Out" Japhta wants to make up for last year's exit in the Baby Champs tournament by booking a place in the finals this year.

Japhta, who is seen as a flag bearer for coloured fighters, especially in Westbury, will fight Mbulelo Transvaal in a junior featherweight bout in the semifinals at Plettenberg Bay on December 9.

Japhta was outpointed by Luvuyo Galada in the quarterfinals last year. Galada, the former Olympian, went on to win the championship.

Without saying much, Japhta whose skills are honed by trainers Benny Pailman, Peter Favor and Cliff Martins at their Westside Boxing Academy in Westbury, promised to take the bull by its horns.

He has four stoppages in five victories and a defeat while Transvaal, who was eliminated in the semifinals last year, has four wins and two losses. Another boxer who should be in the finals is welterweight Bongani Mwelase, who should sweep Sydney Maguga aside.

Other boxers to look out for are Hendrik Bierman from KwaZulu-Natal, Hendrik Mokolwane and Nicholas Matshoba (both from Gauteng), Nikelo Diko, Themba Joyi, Macbeth Sinyabi and Jabu Velemani (all from Mdantsane), as well as Page Tshesane from North West.


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