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But 'Rush Hour' must stop Sollano

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

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

A world title fight is imminent for Ali "Rush Hour" Funeka.

But the Eastern Cape fighter, who is rated sixth by all three world sanctioning bodies, WBC, WBA and IBF, must first get past Junior Sollano on September 23.

Funeka will be defending his WBC International title against Sollano, who is from the Philippines, at Orient Theatre in East London.

It will be Sollano's second trip to South Africa. He was stopped in four rounds by Mzonke Fana on December 9 2005.

The Filipino is no great shakes. He has an uninspiring fight record of 12 wins, nine by knockout, against six losses.

He is yet to convince the ratings committee of the world sanctioning bodies. But Funeka's mentor Mzimase Mnguni feels that is what makes Sollano a dangerous customer.

"He knows too well that a win against Funeka will warrant him a top rating," said the ever cautions Mnguni who guided top name fighters like Welcome Ncita and Vuyani Bungu to become world champions.

Funeka, who has only one loss against 28 wins (23 KOs) and two draws, has been waiting eagerly for such a break.

His opportunity takes pressure off Mnguni who has been accused of stifling Funeka's promising career.

Mnguni, whose Eyethu Boxing Promotions will stage Funeka's fight with Sollano, said he missed Sollano's fight with Fana.

"But my assessment of what I have seen in his tapes is that he is a calculative fighter," he said.

"Funeka had all the time in the world to prepare and he is in great shape."

Mnguni's other boxer, 19-year-old Zolani Tete, will take a gigantic step as an undefeated novice of only seven fights when he challenges a vastly experienced Vicky Tahumil, 33, for the WBF flyweight crown in the main supporting bout.

The Indonesian has 33 wins (12 KOs), one defeat and two draws.


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