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There's nothing devilish about Devlin

By unknown | Nov 05, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

The warning from international boxing analysts that Isaac "The Angel" Hlatswayo will face a devil in Devlin Antonio Rodriguez in their IBF welterweight title eliminator at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni on November 17 does not hold water.

Local analyst Terry Pettifer says his fellow analysts believe Hlatswayo's trainer, Nick Durandt made a grave mistake by taking on the Dominican Republic fighter.

But Rodriguez, 28, has never fought a credible opponent since he turned professional in 1999. His fight record of 23 wins (14 KOs) and two losses does not reflect the quality of the opposition.

Rodriguez, born in Santiago de los Caballeros, holds the lesser recognised US Boxing Association belt. He first won it in 2006, lost it last year and regained it in July via an eleventh round stoppage of Oscar Diaz.

He is rated 13th by the IBF.

Hlatswayo, the former South African and IBO lightweight title holder who is now the IBO welterweight champion , has been in the ring with Philip Ndou, Cassius Baloyi and Nate Campbell.

Hlatswayo defeated these highly rated fighters. His record reads 28 wins (10 KOs), one loss and one no-contest. He is ranked third by the IBF.

This 12-rounder will be Hlatswayo's first fight locally under trainer Nick Durandt whose other fighter, Daniel "Billy The Kid" Bruwer will defend the South African light heavyweight belt against Rupert "The Natural" van Aswegen in the main supporting clash.

The full bill:

Super middleweight: Thomas Oosthuizen v Hanson Baloyi (6 rounds); lightweight: Grant Fourie v Nicholas Modibedi (6 rounds); flyweight: Jackson Chauke v Xolile Ngemntu (4 rounds).


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