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BSP will stage Baloyi-Fana mega fight

By unknown | Jan 18, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Branco Sports Production (BSP) will stage the eagerly awaited IBF junior lightweight clash between champion Mzonke Fana and Cassius Baloyi this year.

Promoter Branco Milenkovic, who co-owns this consortium with retired former world champion Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala, won the purse bid in New Jersey, US, on Tuesday.

Milenkovic, who guides the fruitful career of the Western Cape-based champion, pledged $100 000 (about R690 000) for the rights to promote the fight. In fact he was the sole bidder.

Baloyi, the mandatory challenger who occupies the number one sport, was not represented. His promoter, Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves, did not bid.

Berman had promised to bid but indicated that he was not going to go big because his consortium has much bigger assignments - the coming of "Iron" Mike Tyson; Isaac Hlatswaho and Masibulele Makepula fighting in Australia; while Thomas Mashaba will defend the IBO belt in the US.

The rules of the purse bid stipulate that the winning bidder must stage the fight within three months.

Milenkovic refused to divulge information regarding the venue but the OR Tambo Hall, which is a stone's throw away from Fana's house, is the favourable venue.

That is where "The Rose of Khayelitsha" blossomed by winning the title from Malcolm Klassen on April 20 last year.

But Milenkovic and Matlala have staged fights in Soweto, other parts of Gauteng, Western Cape, Free State, North West and Eastern Cape.

Fana defended his title splendidly last August. He sopped Javier Osvaldo Alvarez in nine rounds at James Motlatsi Hall, in Klerksdorp.


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