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By unknown | Jun 14, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Tshifhiwa Munyai will dust off the cobwebs in a Commonwealth bantamweight title fight against Harry Ramogoadi at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in England tomorrow night.

Munyai's, who has become a household name in the UK, will not have his South African bantamweight crown stake in the eight-rounder.

Ramogoadi, who is from Gauteng, has been in England since 2002 but has so far nothing to show for his stay in the UK.

He could not win even the less recognised British Masters featherweight title in 2005. He lost on a knockout to Choi Tseveenpurev.

He was also stopped in six rounds by Kevin Mitchell for the Commonwealth junior lightweight title in March.

Munyai who is originally from Makwarela, in Venda, had his skills honed by Rob MaCleod in Gauteng, first made headlines in England when he stopped Martin Power, in nine rounds for the Commonwealth title in June 29 last year.

He followed it up with a sixth- round stoppage of another British hopeful, Lee Haskins on October 9.

Power had another shot at Munyai on January 26, and was again found wanting. Munyai's unusual style proved too much for Power, who retired at the end of round four.

The victory earned Munyai respect from the hard-to-please British Boxing Board. It voted him the best international fighter of 2006 and awarded Munyai the inaugural Danny Mancini award.

He is yet to lose after 14 fights, with eight knockouts.


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