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'fans don't bother me'

By unknown | Apr 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Malcolm Klassen is not bothered that most tickets for his highly anticipated match-up with Cassius Baloyi on Saturday night are being bought by people from Baloyi's home province of Limpopo.

Baloyi from Giyani will defend the IBF junior lightweight belt against this Toekomsrus, West Rand-based mandatory challenger, at the University of North West in Mafikeng.

"I command a huge support from that part of the country. I know a lot of people from Maf' Town. My mum is a Tswana from there," said Klassen.

For the first time since losing the same belt to Mzonke Fana on April 20 2007, Klassen, revealed that he lost that fight even before it started.

"Fighting Fana in his backyard at Khayelitsha affected me badly. Promoter Branco Milenkovic was against me, so was Nick Durandt, my manager. He assisted in Fana's corner. But I still showed people what I am capable of," said Klassen.

He will be ushered to war on Saturday by trainer Gert Strydom while Durandt will master Baloyi's corner.

Baloyi conquered Fana on April 12 last year.

Klassen earned the rights to challenge Baloyi by defeating Manuel Medina in the IBF junior lightweight title eliminator last July.

"The Stone", making his debut under Durandt, flattened Medina in two rounds in Hammanskraal.

Klassen, who held the South African featherweight title, declared himself "the new IBF champion".

"I am known for springing surprises. No one gave me a chance against Gary St Clair but I schooled him, the same way I will school Cassius. I will fight him too if I have to.

"I'm a different fighter completely to those that he has fought," he added.

This fight, the main bout of the "Pride of Africa" nine-bout card, will be televised live on Blow by Blow at 9.30pm.

Milenkovic tipped Klassen to win and fight Armando Humberto Soto, the WBC champion, in a unification bout.


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