PAUL Tshehla anticipates a no-holds-barred fight between national junior middleweight champion Vincent "The Rock" Vuma and challenger Tshepo "De la Hoya" Mashego on Friday night.
Tshehla's Mpumalanga Boxing Promotions will stage this fight in association with the SABC at Sasol Recreation Club in Embalenhle, Secunda in Mpumalanga.
The national broadcaster has guaranteed live coverage on Blow by Blow at 10pm. It is the third meeting between these antagonists.
Tshehla said this was one fight Mashego, from Witbank, wanted to win by hook or by crook.
"He has qualities to reach the top internationally. I sat down with him projecting the way forward and he promised to take a positive step towards that journey by winning the national title from Vuma," said Tshehla yesterday.
But the promoter, a former professional fighter himself, does not take Vuma lightly.
"He is always fit and his trainer Nick Durandt is a good conditioner. I expect all-out action that will keep fans on the edge of their seats," he said.
Mashego stopped Vuma in eight rounds in their first fight. At that time Vuma, from Limpopo, was under trainer Elias Tshabalala.
Vuma dumped him for Durandt, who guided him to a points win in their second clash. Mashego's handlers Lawrence Ngobeni and Wilson Mofu felt their charge was robbed in that contest.
But Tshehla said Mashego lost that fight in the last two rounds. It was a closely contested, fierce fight.
Judges Siya Vabaza scored it 115-114 for Vuma, Deon Dwarte scored it a draw at 115-115 and Sipho Zondo gave it to Vuma 118-114. Vuma who won on a majority decision.
"I advised Tshepo not to force a win on Friday. I told him to enjoy himself," added Tshehla.
He announced that retired football greats such as Thomas "Junior" Ngobe and Cyprian "Mahala" Maimane, who played for the now defunct Witbank Black Aces, will be among the distinguished guests at ringside.
There will be four more bouts. Action is scheduled to start at 8pm and admission is R50.