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Thobela's tips for bid daddy

By unknown | Feb 06, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Osborne "Big Daddy" Machimana has a brigh future ahead of him for as long the South African heavyweight champion is not rushed to bigger fights for the sake of making quick bucks.

This message of hope comes from Dingaan "The Rose of Soweto" Thobela. And when a man of his stature says such things, one is bound to listen and take note.

"I am not suggesting he must be matched against corpses and I am also not saying he must be thrown into a lions den because they will eat him alive," said Thobela, of Dingaan Thobela-Knockout Boxing Promotions.

"People must remember that currently he is our only hope and as a youngster who has a bright future he needs to be groomed well and his opponents must be selected carefully."

Machimana knocked Corrie Sanders out in less than two minutes last weekend.

Their fight was scheduled for 10 rounds.

Hopes among fight enthusiasts who are still not convinced about Machimana's hunger and dedication because of his unenthusiastic approach to a fight, are that his victory against a former WBU and WBO titleholder will improve Machimana's low self- esteem.

Thobela said Machimana has a lot of potential as a boxer.

"It's still too early to talk about him winning a world title but one thing is guaranteed: he can compete with some big- name contenders.

"He just needs to work harder and get good guidance."

Trainer Nick Durandt said he won't rush Machimana to bigger fights. But at 27, it seems time is fast running out.


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