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'Softie' Chauke out to pulverise Mrawuli

By unknown | Jun 21, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Oscar Chauke says he is out to protect his dignity, which has been tainted by boxing connoisseurs who have labelled him too much of a "softie" to be a boxer.

Chauke defends his South African junior featherweight title against Luyanda Mrawuli at the Mangaung Indoor Centre in Bloemfontein tomorrow night.

"I hope Mrawuli will come out smoking. Such an approach will bring the best out of me so that people can see that I fight hard if I have to," said Chauke, who will bid for a third title defence.

He is angered by the opinion of boxing fundis who feel that his success reflects a lack of depth in the local junior featherweight division.

"This demands that I demonstrate to experts that I am indeed a man among men. I will be rumbling," he warned.

Chauke, whose skills are honed by Manny Fernandez, won the title last year when he stopped Mzikayise Mchasi in the 10th round.

Chauke outpointed Takatso Hlahane and Springkaan Khongoane in his two defences. He should have too much experience for the Eastern Cape challenger, who has only four wins and a loss. Chauke boasts 24 victories against four defeats.

Their fight will top the Showtime Boxing Promotions and Gree Air Conditioners' seven-bout programme.

Promoter Mbali Zantsi promised to leave her footprints in the fight-starved province. Her bill features fighters from Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, North West, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

Zantsi said two amateur women's bouts will pave the way for professional women's boxing.


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