MLUNGISI "The Shark" Dlamini cannot wait for Saturday night to shut the big mouth of Zolani "Untouchable" Marali for the vacant IBO lightweight title at Emperors Palace on Saturday night.
"I will bust him up," Dlamini promised yesterday. "He can swear at me the way he wants for as long as he has not touched me. I am strong mentally and physically. Come Saturday, I want to bust him up."
Dlamini, 27, the WBF lightweight holder, is yet to taste defeat after 20 wins. The charming, skilful and busy fighter from Esikhawini near Durban is under the mentorship of trainer Warren Hulley in Gauteng.
Apparently things heated up on Tuesday during the pre-fight medical. Insiders say Marali told Dlamini that time for cheap talk was over, and Dlamini begged trainer Colin Nathan not to throw in the towel when he punishes Marali.
Apparently Nathan said Dlamini's comments were "not classy, and ungentlemanly".
That irked Hulley, who said: "For my part Colin can have the gentleman, I will take the title."
The straight-talking Hulley, who guided WBF heavyweight holder Francois Botha to a majority draw against Pedro Carrion in Germany last weekend, said: "The distance the fight will go will depend solely on Marali's ability to soak up punishment.
"I have always suggested that Mlungisi has the ability to be a great fighter and Marali is the door Dlamini needs to pass through in order to realise the great potential he has."
Marali, 32 is the former SA, IBO and WBF super bantamweight, WBF and IBO super featherweight title holder. He is moving up a weight division after losing the IBO super featherweight belt last month.
Marali, the naturally gifted left hander from Mdantsane in Eastern Cape, has lost four of his 23 fights. Two of those defeats were on stoppages. Meanwhile, Tshepang Mohale's national light heavyweight belt will be at stake against Thomas Oosthuizen while Isaac Chilemba will challenge Doudou Ngumbu of France for the WBC International light heavyweight belt on the undercard.
The action starts at 8pm.