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Fernandez crowing after Mabuza's win

By unknown | Jan 27, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Boxing mentor Manny Fernandez has warned his detractors to write him off at their peril.

He was reacting to his charge Kaizer Mabuza's first-round stoppage of Mzukisi Mgidi on Friday night.

Mabuza registered his first defence of the SA junior welterweight belt and had only 14 days to prepare for the fight. Concerns from other trainers were that Fernandez did not care for his fighter but was too desperate for money.

"Anybody who wants to doubt me must look at my record. Whenever a fighter joins me, I make him a better fighter. A lot more is still to come from Mabuza," said the man who, with Gert Strydom, moulded Isaac "Angel" Hlatswayo into what he is today.

Mabuza predicted a sixth-round stoppage but it was all over with only a second remaining in the opening round.

That was Fernandez's 38th victory in 41 title fights in the past six years. He was unsuccessful in only three fights.

Mabuza was expected to have it tough against Mgidi, after the challenger caused a major upset in his previous fight, a third-round stoppage of Lawrence Ngobeni.

Ngobeni is a vastly experienced former WBA Intercontinental junior welterweight champion.

But he had to be rescued from total destruction. He retired in the ring.

Also on Friday, Unathi Myekeni stopped Zambian Roidah Mushikano in the sixth round to become WBA All African junior featherweight champion. Noni Tenge became WBA All African welterweight champion after she outpointed Ghanian Amanua Gifty Ankrah over 10 rounds.

The tournament was presented by promoter Koko Godlo.


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