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By unknown | Mar 28, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

It seems South African boxing is not complete without Edward Mpofu (no relation to chairman of Boxing SA Dali Mpofu).

The "Spoiler", as the 36-year-old never-say-die fighter from Meadowlands is amiably known because of his awkward style, was expected to announce his retirement from the sport that he has graced for 11 years as a professional boxer.

That was after his failure to resurrect his career when he dropped a split decision to the young and inexperienced Marcel Japhta for the Gauteng featherweight belt last month.

Mpofu suffered his 10th defeat against 17 wins and a draw. However, he has been pencilled for a six- rounder against another up and coming fighter, Desmond Samuels of cape Town.

Trainer George Khosi said the fight - a mismatch - will take place at Emperors Palace on April 29.

It should not be allowed to happen. The Capetonian has only four wins in as many fights.

Samuels, whose skills are fine-tuned by Ashley Whiteboy, has a winner's belt from the 2006 Baby Champs.

His eight-rounder, a bloody fight with Koos Matshiya in Carletonville last August, was a misjudgment by Samuels' management.

But Samuels, who showed grit, durability and determination, emerged victorious.

Mpofu gets this fight just when he and Khosi are still lamenting the "questionable" loss to Japhta.

Mpofu has lost his sting and it was evident when his powder puff punches let him down against Japhta, who came back to finish stronger.

Khosi wants a rematch but trainer Beny Pailman is not interested.

Khosi says Mpofu's rematch with Japhta is one of the many fights the boxing people want to see.


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