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Nothing silent about Mabuza - Mbwana clash

By unknown | Mar 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

The clash between Silence Mabuza and Mbwana Matumla for the vacant IBO bantamweight title on May 5 promises to be an epic battle that will require a poet to retell.

It will be staged by promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves at Emperors Palace.

Mabuza, from Ekurhuleni, is under the tutelage of trainer Nick Durandt while Matumla, from Tanzania, is mentored in Gauteng by Norman Hlabane.

Matumla holds the IBO junior bantamweight title.

Mabuza forfeited that sanctioning body's bantamweight belt in 2005 after being stopped in four rounds by Rafael Marquez for the IBF title on November 5.

Mabuza and Matumla are schooled fighters whose full potential is yet to be discovered.

They both have two defeats.

Mabuza, who has 19 wins, suffered both his losses to Marquez while the left-handed Matumla was outclassed by Gabula Vabaza for the WBU title on February 28 2003 and Pramuansak Posuwan for the WBO Asian Pacific belt on April 25 last year.

Matumla has 18 wins.

Durandt said Mabuza will regain the IBO title, adding that Mabuza's punching power would be too much for the 31-year-old Tanzanian.

Hlabane responded sharply by saying that Matumla would beat the daylights out of Mabuza.


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