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By unknown | Oct 14, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Mwelase is so eloquent that playing around with words seems as easy as throwing punches - something he does with splendour.

"If you cross the river, you don't want to go back," he said with blood dripping from his mouth after being crowned the SA and WBC International champion on September 11 last year.

He had just dethroned Lucky Lewele after 12 brutal, closely contested and entertaining rounds at Wembley Arena, south of Johannesburg.

Mwelase was indirectly giving credit to Lewele for his bravery in absorbing punches that Mwelase threw with venom as he intended to stop him in the distance.

Lewele was the first professional boxer to stretch Mwelase the full distance. Mwelase has knocked out 11 of his 12 victims.

Last week he stopped Juan Carlos Villerreal in the first round to win the WBF welterweight title. But his victory has been greeted with scepticism by Nick Durandt who warned that Mwelase cannot go around bragging when he defeated a washed-up fighter.

"Villerreal did not qualify even to be Mwelase's sparring partner. I am calling on him to give my fighter Lucky Lewele a rematch to prove that he is the real man," said Durandt, who shoots from the hip.

"Mwelase used every possible opportunity he got to call for Lewele to give him a crack. We duly obliged. Now it's their turn, so trainer Johnny du Plooy must deliver Mwelase."

Durandt added that Mwelase's promoter Blacky Seoe has got money, so he can host the fight. But Mwelase says he wants to go forward as a fighter.

"But still I would love to hear what Lucky has to say for himself not what Nick wants," he said.

Their clash at Wembley Arena last year was a brutal slugfest that had fans on the edge of their seats.

It was deservedly voted Boxing South Africa's fight of 2007.


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