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I'll make Sanders feel pain then blow him out, says Machimana

By unknown | Jan 03, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Osborne "Big Daddy" Machimana has vowed to blow Corrie "The Sniper" Sanders out at Emperors Palace on February 2.

"People have said many things about Corrie - he hits hard, Corrie this and Corrie that, but one thing is certain: I will knock him out," predicted the Limpopo fighter who will defend the South African heavyweight title.

Machimana won that title on April 16 2005. He blew Anton Nel out in five rounds. Machimana was 24-years-old and became the first youngest black heavyweight fighter ever to win the championship at that age.

Jacob Mofokeng was the first boxer of colour to win the heavyweight belt - but at 37 years, winning it from Nel, on September 1 2000. But poor health ended his career the following year.

Machimana has taken over and he currently boasts three defences. He has 10 knockouts from 14 wins, a draw and five defeats.

Three of his defeats (stoppages against Nel on May 11 2002, Mark Poter in England seven months later and Shane Cameron in US on December 1 2006) were attributed to his alleged laziness to train.

A skilful fighter, the bronze medalist in the All Africa Games in 1999, Machimana bounced back to win the national belt in 2005.

But still he was not convincing. He seemed to lack the drive. Machimana ended up weighing around 122 kilograms and that weight affected his performance.

But that has changed since he teamed up with esteemed conditioner Nick Durandt. Machimana weighs around 108kg.

He knocked Jake Els and Pieter Cronje in five and seven rounds in August and Nevember, respectively, last year.

" The man must feel pain from round one. I had no holidays," said a confident Machimana.

Sanders, 42, is the former WBU and WBO champion.


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