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Snake's bones for Nzimande

By unknown | Apr 17, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Godfrey Nzimande will feel the wrath of the bones of a snake in his bid to unseat Zolani Marali from the WBF junior lightweight throne at Emperors Palace on April 29.

Marali from Mdantsane, who is trained by accomplished mentor Nick Durandt in Gauteng, is known back home in East London as "Ithambo Lenyoka" (Snake's Bones).

Legend has it that bones of a snake are more dangerous than those of other reptiles. There is an old saying that they pick the person they hated most.

"That is what will happen to Godfrey," warned the dreadlocked left-handed champion who looks just like retired undisputed heavyweight champion, Lennox Lewis.

Marali will bid for the first defence of the strap he won last November.

"My belt is my meal ticket so I will not allow anybody to take it away from me because that is how I feed my family," he said.

He added that Nzimande, the national champion from Limpopo who is under the mentorship of Paul Chabalala in Gauteng, did him a favour by putting in the challenge.

"I want to embark on [a career in] the international arena so I'll be out to prove that I belong in the big league," warned Marali.

He has an impressive record of 18 wins, 12 by knockout, and one defeat. Nzimande has had 19 victories (11 KOs) and one defeat.

Their battle is promoted by Golden Gloves, whose box-and-dine tournament will be bankrolled by Gree Air Conditioners.

Promoter Rodney Berman announced that talented young boxers Hekkie "Hexecutioner" Budler, Grant "Fireball" Fourie, Warren 'The Warrior" Joubert and Jarred "The Storm" Lovett would be in action in undercard fights.

The curtain-raiser will feature Edward "The Spoiler" Mpofu against Desmond Samuels over six rounds in the junior featherweight division.


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