Trainer Wilson Mofu yesterday predicted that Vincent Vuma's reign as South African junior middleweight champion will come to an end on Sunday.
Mofu's charge Tshepo Mashego challenges Vuma in the main bout of Rainbow Promotion's card at Victoria Mxenge Hall in Umlazi.
Mofu said the challenger, who hails from Witbank, possessed the necessary tools to repeat what he did to Vuma, who comes from Limpopo, on June 20 2003, when he stopped Vuma in eight rounds for the same title.
But Mashego, who successfully defended his title against William Gare and Christopher Buthelezi before being dethroned by Gare in their rematch on November 12 2004, is dubbed an underdog.
Rightly so because three rounds in February against Johannes Pietersen is hardly a win that will have Vuma shaking in his boots as he chases his third title defence.
But Mofu insisted tha the title will change hands.
"Tshepo had quality sparring from Gare and some other guys. A tough battle is what we expect from Vuma, who is a completely different fighter. But I have not the slightest doubt in my mind that his reign is coming to an end," said the soft-spoken mentor.
Meanwhile, under the tutelage of Nick Durandt, Vuma's skills, conditioning and belief in himself have improved massively.
Durandt taught him how to beat Gare twice, in front of an overwhelmingly pro-Gare audience in Orlando on September 9 2005 and at Nasrec on February 17 last year.
"I don't think that it will be a walk in the park. Mashego is a game challenger but I believe that Vuma will be victorious," said Durandt.