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By unknown | Aug 03, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

The old saying that when one door closes another one opens has proven to be true for trainer Manny Fernandez.

The mentor has been joined by two prospects, Kaizer Mabuza and Gabriel Phakula. This happens when Fernandez is still reeling from shock after being left by Isaac Hlatswayo who joined Nick Durandt two weeks ago.

Hlatswayo had been with Fernandez for seven years with the South African and IBO lightweight and IBO welterweight belts for companionship.

Mabuza and Phakula, who bolted the stables of Harold Volbrecht and Durandt, respectively, will be in action in Ghana tomorrow.

Mabuza will fight Emmanuel Laitey Lartei in an elimination bout for the vacant WBA international welterweight title, while Phakula will clash with Kpakpo Allotey for the vacant WBA Pan African lightweight belt.

Mabuza and Phakula are both rated second in the junior welterweight and junior lightweight divisions locally.

For the record, Fernandez shouted instructions in Phakula's corner in February 2004 when Phakula suffered a controversial points defeat to Ali Funeka for the SA lightweight title.

At that time Phakula, from Namakgale in Phalaborwa, was under the tutelage of retired mentor Brian Mitchell who could not travel to East London because he was overseas.

Mabuza, from North West, has 12 wins (seven KOs) and five losses while Lartei, who holds the Ghana title, has seven victories (four KOs) and a loss.

Phakula has chalked up 21 wins (eight KOs), five losses and two draws while Allotey boasts 13 knockouts from 15 wins and five losses. Their fights will be promoted by Francis Dekland at the Globe Cinema in Accra.


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