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'shark' is hungry

By unknown | Feb 27, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Mlungisi "The Shark" Dlamini says his mission as a fighter is to upstage Ghanaian Azumah Nelson - the first fighter from Africa to ever win the most sought after green-and-gold World Boxing Council (WBC) belt.

Dlamini currently holds the World Boxing Foundation (WBF)'s lightweight belt, which he has to date defended once against unknown Jairo Demoura Santos in less than two minutes.

Dlamini, 25, the charismatic fighter from Esikhawini in KwaZulu-Natal, says he wants to fight the best world champions in the lightweight division.

"That is what Azumah was because he fought only the best and defeated them," said Dlamini, who showed his readiness to mix it with top dogs in the division by easily brushing aside Santos.

The Argentinian hit the canvas twice before he could even attempt to throw a punch.

This fight was presented by Free State promoter Blacky Seoe's Robs Promotion in Bloemfontein last weekend.

Seoe's maiden tournament featured four-international title fights and it became the first event ever of that magnitude to take place in the Free State.

Most fighters, champions in particular, fool around against unknown opponents and many a times lose their titles.

But Dlamini, whose craftiness is perfected in Gauteng by Warren Hulley, went straight into business from the outset, probably because he knows that the best form of defence is attack.

Even when he won the title in March last year he gave Ivan Orlando Bustos no chance to think. Dlamini dropped the Argentinian four times in four rounds before Wally Snowball stopped the proceedings in that round.

"The only way to be the best is to beat the best.

"I want to do it the Azumah way," said the affable and charismatic, champion who is yet to taste defeat after 17 wins (11 KOs) and a draw.


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