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Fana can't wait to fight Baloyi

By unknown | Nov 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Mzonke "Rose of Khayelitsha" Fana says he is so ready mentally and physically to take on Cassius "Hitman" Baloyi that he wishes their bout was this week.

Fana, the IBF junior lightweight champion, was responding to the warning that was issued last week by Baloyi's trainer, Nick Durandt.

Durandt warned moments after Baloyi's win against Gary St Clair for the IBF's number one spot that Fana must start preparing now for their fight next year.

Fana, whose skills are perfected by the cool- headed Zola Koti, said he expected Durandt to say that.

Ever calm, Fana said he had never been and would not begin now to be a loud speaker.

"I am interested to hear what Cassius has to say because it will be the two of us inside the ring, where I will walk the talk," said the esteemed fighter.

Durandt has assisted Koti in Fana's corner more than once. He was there in August when Fana made his first defence against Javier Osvaldo Alvarez.

Fana produced a copy-book performance, pulverising the bewildered Argentinian in the ninth round.

Fana said he watched the rematch between Baloyi and St Clair on television last week and saw nothing special.

"It was like I was watching their first fight," he remarked, adding that he preferred Cape Town to be the venue for their fight.

"But I am a South African who can fight anywhere in the country. I've got support all over."

Fana is promoted by Branco Milenkovic while Baloyi fights under Rodney Berman. Neither promoter has the automatic right to stage the fight.


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