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Marali won't face Hernandez

By unknown | 2007-10-25 00:00:00.0

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

A shoulder injury has forced rising Venezuelan knockout artist Rafael Hernandez out of his fight with Zolani Marali, which was planned for Durban next month.

They were to fight for the vacant WBF junior lightweight title in the main bout of promoter Thinus Strydom's World Sports Promotions (WSP) seven-bout programme.

WSP publicist Leonard Neill announced that Marali will now fight Dario Miguel Lombardo from Argentina at KwaMashu Sports Centre on November 2.

Neill said Lombardo may not be quite the puncher that Hernandez would have presented but he brings a record of 13 wins (6 KOs) against two losses.

He described Lombardo as a southpaw, making it a world title bout featuring two left-handers because "Untouchable", as Marali is affectionately known, is also a left-hander.

Marali, who is from Eastern Cape but fights out of Gauteng under accomplished mentor Nick Durandt, is a former WBF junior featherweight undefeated champion.

Marali defended the title once against Hevinson Herrera in March and vacated it a few months later due to weight problems. He will be appearing for the first time in the junior lightweight class against Lombardo.

Neill said the WBF has denied Zimbabwean Chomunorwa Gonorenda the right to challenge Zack Mwekassa for the WBF international cruiserweight title because the WBF received three different records for the Zimbabwean. The fight will still take place but as a six rounder.