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But Medley won't roll over

By unknown | Oct 11, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Many experts say Isaac "Angel" Hlatswayo will have the devil on his hands against Australian stallion Robert Medley, while some say Hlatswayo will flap his wings to seventh heaven.

Golden Gloves boss Rodney Berman, who organised the fight that will take place at the Panthers Leagues Club in Penrith, Sydney, Australia, tomorrow morning (11am SA time), was diplomatic.

"Medley is going to put up one hell of a fight," he said.

I tips the popular champion from Shisasi village in Limpopo to retain the IBO welterweight title via an eighth-round stoppage.

This fight will be televised live by SuperSport.

A worry from most fundis is that Hlatswayo is not a fully-fledged welterweight fighter. He has just outgrown the lightweight division. He ruled the local ring with an iron fist for almost seven years, chalking up 25 straight wins.

Hlatswayo fought once in the junior welterweight class before moving up to welterweight where he won the IBO belt against Joseph Makaringe in May.

Those who tipped Hlatswayo to win, have based their prediction on the fact that he will be too strong at welterweight because he will no longer be pulling weight as had been the case in the lower weight divisions.

He might even begin to knock his opponents out. Five of his nine short-route wins were technical knockouts while only four were clean knockouts.

Hlatswayo possesses most of the assets of greatness in ring warfare and he proved that in his three-year reign as the SA lightweight king. He defended five times and claimed the ownership of the Old Buck belt.

He whipped Cassius Baloyi for the IBO lightweight title in 2005 and vacated it after defeating Nate Campbell in April last year, then moved up to the junior welterweight division, where he tasted defeat against Kendall Holt for the WBO Nabo title.

But Hlatswayo bounced back to win the IBO welterweight belt that will be at stake against the undefeated Medley, who boasts 18 wins. The 26-year-old challenger from Oakdale, New South Wales, holds the IBO Intercontinental and Australasian titles. He is described as a rock-hard fighter with an assortment of punches. Twelve of his victims have exited early.

Meanwhile, Mlungisi Dlamini will fight Allan Luxford over eight rounds in the lightweight division. Dlamini holds the WBF belt that was once held by Luxford.


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