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'Thunder' could lose his crown

By unknown | Jun 04, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Newly-crowned WBF junior featherweight champion Muvhuso Nedzanani could lose his title without even climbing onto the ring.

"Hands of Thunder", as the 24-year-old boxer from Tshimbupse in Venda is known, won the WBF junior featherweight title on Friday.

He outpointed Venezuelan Jose Jimenez over 12 rounds at the Thohoyandou Indoor Centre. However, the sad news is that Nedzanani may not defend his title.

Nedzanani has serious weight problems and had to hit the road twice on Thursday to make the required 48,99kg limit.

He first struggled with his weight last September before his fifth defence of the SA title against Charitt Mukondeleli.

Nedzanani, who rules the division locally with an iron fist, yesterday said that he had outgrown the junior flyweight division.

"I will not even be able to defend the WBF title," he said. "The running has drained me. I was powerless during the fight.

"I think I will move up to either the flyweight or junior bantamweight division. I am happy to have been given the opportunity for an international fight.

"I think I proved that I am more than ready to to mix it with the top dogs."

More than 2 500 fans crammed the 1 500 capacity arena to support their hero. The youngster, whose skills are honed in Gauteng by Rob MacLeod, did not disappoint.

He dropped Jimenez twice, in round three and nine, but just could not put him down for good.

Nedzanani vacated the SA title which he has defended seven times. He has already own the Old Buck Belt. A holder has to successfully defend the title five times to earn the Buck Belt.


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