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'Big Daddy' declares war

By unknown | Oct 09, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

South African heavyweight champion, Osborne "Big Daddy" Machimana has declared war against Pieter Cronje, who he fights in Rodney Berman's boxing extravaganza at Emperors Palace next month.

Machimana, who models himself on former WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion, American Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe, will bid for the third defence.

Cassius Baloyi and Gary St Claire will contest the number one rating in the IBF junior lightweight rankings in the main contest.

Machimana intends to end the year in style by dishing out the kind of performance that could be discussed even during Christmas day.

"Cronje will make it easier for me because he is a come-forward fighter. I am at home with such fighters because they make it possible for me to show my true potential as a counter-puncher.

"I work on their mistakes and punish them severely," said the likeable fighter from Limpopo.

But Cronje is used to bloodthirstiness, as a former cage fighter. Those gladiators use every part of their bodies to cause grievous bodily harm.

Cronje's fights with Tyrone Churchill and Phillip Bekker last year were bloody battles but Cronje's durability saw him triumph on both occasions.

But Golden Gloves publicist Terry Pettifer does not believe that Cronje can upset the applecart and shatter Rodney Berman's dreams of marketing Machamana internationally next year.

"Samuel Peter got up from three knockdowns by Jameel McCline last weekend to retain the WBC interim title.

"That goes to show you how weak the heavyweight division is internationally and Osborne has a realistic chance of making his presence felt," said Pettifer.


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