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the 'warrior' heads the bill

By unknown | Sep 30, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Warren Joubert, a consistent and fighter, will for the first time head a boxing bill.

The hard-working "Warrior", who always gives his all and, deservedly so, conquer, will fight Danile Bothman in the junior lightweight class at Emperors Palace on the evening of October 7.

Joubert, whose skills are honed by revered mentor Nick Durandt, is yet to taste defeat after 14 fights. He made his professional debut in 2004.

Joubert, 23, from Meredale, south of Johannesburg, is not a banger of note. But one thing is certain about this slow starter: he lets go a storm of flailing leather once he warms up.

Seven of his 12 victims failed to weather the storm while Mlungisi Khoza was able to share spoils with him in Joubert's third professional fight.

Joubert's seventh fight with Meshack Khoza (no relation to Mlungisi) on November 17 in 2006 was declared a no contest. They clashed heads accidentally in the first round - Joubert was cut badly and the authorities stopped it.

They met in February and Joubert stopped Khoza in the first round after dropping him twice. Joubert has won all three of his fights this year, stopping Simphiwe Foba in five, Joseph Modise in four and outpointed Maxwell Mpofana over six rounds in August.

However, in Bothman, Joubert has been pitted against a rugged combatant who has been to wars. Bothman, who graduated from the amateur to the professional ranks in 1998, has fought many top fighters such as Edward Mpofu, Anthony Tshehla, Irvin Buhlalu, Takalani Ndlovu, Sipho Taliwe and Ali Funeka.

But Bothman, 32, from Potchefstroom, has never won any silverware. He has lost 13 of his 27 fights and drawn once. In his last fight in June, he dropped a points decision over six rounds to Schoeman Sindane.

Other fights: Heavyweight (6 rounds): Bully Muravha v/s Jake Els; Super middleweight (4 rounds): Thomas Oosthuizen v/s Mfundo Wongo; Junior bantamweight (4 rounds): Jason Kinnear v/s Justice Phaswane; Featherweight (4 rounds): Ashley Dlamini v/s Charles Mokholoani; Owethu Mbira v/s Tyson Sixakani.


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