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Klassen top of class

By unknown | Jan 26, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

IBO junior feather and featherweight champions Takalani Ndlovu, pictured, and Thomas Mashaba deserve to share the Boxer of the Year award at Carnival City tonight.

But Malcolm Klassen's achievement of winning the IBF belt from Gairy St Clair puts him in a more favourable position to win the award.

Ndlovu and Mashaba defended their belts three times, while Klassen won the coveted IBF belt.

Meanwhile, the arrogant but gentlemanly rising star, Bongani Mwelase, should win the Prospect of the Year award.

He has a big mouth, which he backs up with his fists. The hammer-fisted youngster, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist, has set the boxing scene alight since he turned professional last year.

The southpaw prospect from Meadowlands, has knocked all six of his victims senseless in the first round.

His nearest competitor is the Gauteng-based Mlungisi "The Shark" Dlamini from KwaZulu-Natal who lost the race for the same award to Khotso Motau last year.

It will be interesting to see which of the five fights nominated for the Fight of the Year award will win it.

The bloody epic battle between Cassius Baloyi and St Clair should get the nod. But it's a tough call.


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