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'Spoiler' out to wreck Klassen

By unknown | Jul 05, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Edward "The Spoiler" Mpofu will be paid record purse money of R30000 for an eight rounder with Malcolm "The Stone" Klassen tonight at Emperors Palace.

Such amounts are paid to national champions in their first defences.

Usually boxers get paid R3000 to R3500 for eight rounds. The standard amount for a round in South African boxing is R500.

Mpofu was offered this enticing purse money by promoter Rodney Berman yesterday just after the withdrawal of Lehlohonolo "Hands of Stone" Ledwaba, who was floored by medical technicalities.

But trainer Eugene Khanyile rubbished the notion that Berman's offer was the only thing that coaxed Mpofu into accepting the fight at the 11th hour.

"We just could not believe our ears when phoned for this fight because it felt like Mpofu's prayer for a rematch with Malcolm had finally been answered," said Khanyile.

"That is because we believe we were robbed in our first fight in 2005."

They fought for the SA featherweight belt at Carnival City in Ekurhuleni.

"It sounds weird, I know. Questions are asked about Mpofu's conditioning [but] Mpofu is a gym rat. He is always there, hence I have made him my assistant," said Khanyile.

Klassen and Mpofu agreed to meet at 62,50kg. Klassen weighed in at 62,44kg while Mpofu, the former SA junior featherweight champion, registered 58,56kg.

Meanwhile, Manuel Medina made two visits to the scale to make the required limit of 58,97kg for his fight with Cassius Baloyi (58,60kg) in the junior lightweight division. The Mexican registered 59,80kg. He took to the road for almost an hour before tipping the scales at 58,30kg.

They fight for Baloyi's IBO title and the vacant number one spot in the IBF ratings in the junior lightweight class. The programme starts at 7pm.


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