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JULY 18 will be the biggest day of WBF lightweight champion Mlungisi "The Shark" Dlamini's life.
This charismatic warrior from Esikhawini in KwaZulu-Natal will share the boxing ring with the best pound-for-pound pugilist in the world, American Floyd "Pretty Boy" Mayweather.
Dlamini will defend against American Mark Davis while Mayweather will fight Juan Manuel Marquez in the main fight at MGM Grand Hotel.
Home Box Office, America's biggest cable network, will broadcast the fights live throughout the world.
Mayweather will come off a 16-month semi-retirement. He called it quits after blowing British fighter Ricky Hatton away in 10 rounds for the WBC welterweight belt on December 2007.
The venue for these fights is regarded as the Mecca of boxing in the world. It is like mentioning Trench Town Rock to a Rastafarian who wants to be crowned as a real reggae musician.
Dlamini's biggest day came through his South African promoter, Blacky Seoe, probably because of Dlamini's splendid performance against Gary St Clair last November in the Free State.
Dlamini, with 19 wins and a draw, overwhelmed this vastly experienced Guyanese, a former IBF Pan Pacific, WBF International, WBO Inter-Continental, IBF and IBO junior lightweight titlist over 12 one-sided rounds.
St Clair, with 40 wins, 10 losses and two draws, is best known here for winning the IBF and IBO junior lightweight belts from Cassius Baloyi in 2006.
Dlamini's mentor, Warren Hulley, has always showered his charge with accolades, insisting that Dlamini had the ability and talent to win major world titles.
"His opportunity of showcasing his skills to the world came at a moment when that possibility is fast becoming a reality. My plan is for Dlamini to put a sterling performance because the exposure that he will get from this fight will lead to major opportunities.
"The entire boxing world will be watching," said Hulley, who will work in the corner of Lovemore Ndou when he fights Philip Ndou at Emperors Palace on July 11.
Hulley, Dlamini, Seoe and Dlamini's father, Mboneni Dlamini will jet out to America on July 12.