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MLUNGISI "The Shark" Dlamini yesterday laughed off suggestions that Zolani "Untouchable" Marali will be untouchable on October 31.
"If Zolani is going to be untouchable I will be as slippery as a fish in the water," said Dlamini, who will oppose Marali for the vacant IBO lightweight belt at Emperors Palace.
Marali, 32, is moving up a weight division after surrendering the IBO's junior lightweight belt via a 10th-round stoppage last month.
Trainer Colin Nathan is convinced Marali will be more at home in the heavier division.
"He was pulling excessive weight," said Nathan, who added that Dlamini was "not smart, or even clever".
When contacted for a reaction, Dlamini demanded to know what made Marali special in Nathan's eyes.
The charismatic 28-year-old Dlamini from Esikhawini in KwaZulu-Natal, whose skills are honed in Gauteng by Warren Hulley, is an enormously talented pressure fighter.
Marali has never been comfortable against such fighters. His heart has let him down twice already against such fighters - the first being Thomas "Merciless" Mashaba, who beat him via a ninth-round TKO for the super bantamweight title in 2004 and the second being Ji Hoon Kim, who recently beat him via a 10th-round TKO for the IBO junior lightweight belt.
Marali was far ahead on points against Kim until he was on the receiving end of a clubbing right to the head. He went down like he had been shot.
He got up but couldn't continue.
That was his third defeat (his second TKO) against 20 wins, 13 of those coming by way of knockout.
Dlamini, the WBF champion, is undefeated after 20 fights, with 12 knockouts.
"I will fight him hard, so hard that I don't see this fight going beyond six rounds. He is going down.
"I know Zolani like the back of my hand," said Dlamini in his parting shot.