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Silence Mabuza will no longer challenge Gerry Penalosa for the WBO bantamweight title next February at Emperors Palace as Golden Gloves (GG) boss Rodney Berman announced a few months ago.
GG fight publicist Terry Pettifer said Mabuza wouldl now defend the IBO belt against Penalosa's homeboy from the Philippines, Malcolm "Eagle Eye" Tunacao, on February 2 at the mentioned venue.
Pettifer did not give any reasons for the cancellation of the WBO title fight but instead warned that Mabuza would have a tiger by the tail against the Filipino.
Tunacao, 29, from Mandaue in Cebu, where Randy Suico comes from, has an impressive fight record of 21 wins (10 KOs), two defeats and three draws.
But the former WBC flyweight and WBC International junior bantamweight title-holder challenges a fluid stand-up boxerpuncher with a potent right hand.
Mabuza, 30, from Ekurhuleni, has quick hands. He is an accurate puncher who switches from left to right with ease.
He has failed twice in his qusest to overthrow former IBF king Rafael Marquez but bounced back strongly to reclaim the IBO belt from Mbwana Matumla in May.
Mabuza had forfeited it after his first defeat by Marquez on November 11 2005. The "Real Deal", as Mabuza is amiably known, has yet to lose a fight in a local ring.
He boasts 22 wins (16 KOs) and two defeats.