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Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

All Alvin Mahonisi needs to do to avoid a hammering is to stay down, advises Vincent Vuma.

Mohinisi challenges Vuma for his South African junior middleweight belt at the Carousel casino in North West tonight.

The fighters from Limpopo clash in a bout stage by Branco Sports Productions.

Vuma, who is trained by Nick Durandt in Gauteng, will bid for a fourth title defence.

The reigning champion warned yesterday that their Limpopo derby fight will upstage that between their homeboy Philip Ndou and Cassius Baloyi, which took place at Carnival City in November 2001.

That casino's Big Top arena almost crumbled when about 5000 fans stood on their seats, jumping up and down while shouting their lungs out in appreciation of pure boxing artistry.

Ndou, from Thohoyandou, emerged victorious after 12 closely contested and brutal rounds.

That energy-sapping clash was dubbed "Fire and Ice".

Vuma, who has been champion since 2005, promised to punish Mahonisi severely.

"It will be up to him to decide whether he continues taking a pounding or he sits," he said.

"I am looking far beyond the SA title. I want to fight for much bigger titles and earn big money."

Vuma also holds the WBC international belt which he defended successfully in his last fight in November against Argentinian Raul Eduardo Bejarano.

Rob MacLeod, Mahonisi's trainer, acknowledged that Vuma had been a good champion but warned that his time was up.

"Alvin had quality sparring from Khotso Motau, Kaizer Mabuza and Khaphathe Mphambanyeni. The title will exchange hands," he warned.

Action will continue in Mthatha tomorrow where promoter Ntsikayezwe Mbuyiseli Sigcawu will stage a development tournament at the OR Tambo Hall in Vulindlela Heights.

His nine-bout programme will be bankrolled by the King Sabata Dalindyebo municipality.

Sigcawu intends to revive boxing in Mthatha, and seven of the 14 participants are from that part of the country. Others are from Mdantsane, Duncan Village, Butterworth, Port Elizabeth and Qonce.

The main attraction, a 10-rounder for the vacant Eastern Cape middleweight title, pits Sakhiwo Ziya from Mthatha against Thembile Sawule of Mdantsane.

"I am appealing to boxing fans to support this move," Sigcawu said, giving the assurance that local fighters Simphiwe Khonco and Viwe Mdletyeni would not disappoint.

"They were wonderful in the amateurs. I expect them to continue doing so even in the professional ranks."

Admission is R10 for adults and R5 for children. Action starts at midday.

Meanwhile, boxing licensees have been called to a meeting at Braamfontein Recreation Centre tomorrow. It will start at 10am.


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