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Untouchable Marali's D-Day

By unknown | Jul 29, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Tomorrow is the day of reckoning for Zolani "The Untouchable" Marali.

He will oppose Australian ring icon Billy "The Kid" Dib for the vacant International Boxing Organisation (IBO) junior lightweight belt in Newcastle, Australia.

SuperSport has guaranteed a live broadcast at 11am.

Marali, trainer Nick Durandt and promoter Rodney Berman are understood to have left for Australia on Sunday. It is unclear if this is a wise move because Marali will certainly be jet-lagged.

Dib, 22, who is undefeated after 20 fights with 11 short-route victories, is understood to have been sparring with "Sugar" Shane Mosley.

This American star ended Philip Holiday's reign in 1997 as the International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight king. Mosley went on to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Association (IBA) welterweight and WBC, World Boxing Association (WBA) and IBA junior middleweight belts.

Dib's has been very serious in his approach to his clash with Marali.

The right-handed Dib, a former IBO Asia Pacific undefeated featherweight champion, turned professional in 2004.

Marali, 31, has god-given fighting skills and crippling power, and his ability as a fighter is perfected in Gauteng by Durandt.

He holds the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) belt which he defended for the first time in April with a splendid eighth- round stoppage of Godfrey Nzimande.

The tall and well-built fighter previously held the IBO junior featherweight belt, which he surrendered to Thomas Mashaba in 2004. That was Marali's only defeat against 19 wins (13 KO).

Tomorrow's fight is his first outside South Africa.


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