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'Killer' faces death knell

By unknown | Apr 22, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Defeat for Themba "Killer" Tshicila against a young and inexperienced Ludumo Galada will definitely signal the end of his illustrious career, which has spanned 11 years.

The thirty-something Tshicila, who made his professional debut on April 6 1997 against Thamsanqa Mfama, will challenge Galada, a former Olympian, for the South African junior featherweight belt on April 27.

The fight will top a six-bout bill of Eyethu Boxing Promotions at the Orient Theatre in East London. SuperSport will broadcast the entire tournament live from 2pm.

This is Tshicila's fourth attempt to win the national belt. He was stopped in five rounds by Sandile Mentile for the bantamweight belt at the Great Centenary Hall in Port Elizabeth on October 17 1999.

Innocent Mthalane stopped Tshicila in the 11th round for the featherweight strap on July 8 2001.

Tshicila, who had moved up to the junior lightweight division, suffered an eighth-round stoppage against Ali Funeka on December 17 2005.

Tshicila was also stopped in the 11th round by Jeffrey Mathebula for the WBC International featherweight belt on June 29 last year.

But Tshicila, who was expected to retire, came back and stopped Wonga Lobese in the seventh round in March for his 26th win (six KOs) from 30 fights. That win qualified him for the challenge against Galada.


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