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Fights won't go distance: Durandt

By unknown | Dec 01, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Lucky Lewele and Moruti Mthalane will both successfully retain their South African welterweight and flyweight titles tonight.

The fighters' trainer Nick Durandt also predicted yesterday that the fights will be won on knockouts.

Lewele will defend his welterweight title against Sabelo Mncwabe from KwaZulu-Natal and flyweight Mthalane will try to stave off the challenge of Western Cape's Zamumzi Xola.

"There is no flyweight contender locally at the moment who will trouble Mthalane. The same goes for Lewele," said Durandt.

"I do not expect their fights to go the full distance."

The matches will form part of promoter Kenosi Mlabateki's maiden six-bout tournament at the Orlando Communal Hall in Soweto.

While Durandt was oozing confidence his opposite number, George le Roux, who hones the skills of Xola, sounded less convincing.

"Anything can happen," said Le Roux, who is not bothered as much by the champion's prowess as he is by their poor preparations.

"Mthalane is not a clever boxer. That is why I say anything can happen," he said.

Le Roux said promoters S'Phatho Handi and Mlabeteki disturbed Xola's training with their disappearing act after claiming to be handling the fight.

Durandt's import, Malawian Isaac Chilembe, will fight Emmanuel Gwala in a light heavyweight clash while Pius Dipheko and Moses Mbowane will meet in the welterweight division.

In New Zealand tomorrow night, Osborne "Big Daddy" Machimane will challenge Shane "Mountain Warrior" Cameron for the WBA Pan African and the IBF Pan Pacific heavyweight titles.


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