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IBO welterweight champion Isaac "The Angel" Hlatswayo will take a step closer to fighting for the lucrative WBC title.

Promoter Rodney Berman, who looks after the interests of this Limpopo fighter, revealed yesterday that Hlatswayo would fight Jackson Osei Bonsu for the WBC title eliminator in November.

"I am waiting for the WBC to get back to me but I can safely say it's a done deal. I will move heaven and earth to do it here," said Berman. "This is a very big fight for Hlatswayo and victory will put him in the top spot, which is vacant."

The title is held by Andre Berto. This 23-year-old American won it last month via a seventh-round stoppage of Miguel Angel Rodriguez.

The title was vacated by Floyd Mayweather.

Nicknamed "Sugar Jackson", Bonsu, the Belgian who was born in Ghana, is rated fourth while Hlatswayo occupies the sixth spot.

Hlatswayo is trained by Nick Durandt in Gauteng.

Miguel Rodriguez is rated second while Louis Callazo, who is scheduled to fight Berto in a mandatory defence, is ranked third.

Hlatswayo, 30, who doubles as a boxing commentator for Munghana Lonene radio station in Polokwane, said it felt wonderful to be on the road to fighting for the WBC belt.

"It's every boxer's dream not only to fight for it, but to win it. I will grab it tight with both hands. It will be a cherry on top if Rodney does it [stages the fight] here. It's been long since I fought here," he said.

Hlatswayo last fought in April when he stopped Australian hope Robert Medley in the 10th round in Australia to register the second defence of the IBO belt he won last May against Joseph Makaringe.


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