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Chauke in frontline for new stable

By Bongani Magasela | Dec 07, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

OLYMPIAN Jackson Chauke has joined boxing promoter Branco Milenkovic's stable.

Chauke, 24, has won all his four professional fights under Golden Gloves of Rodney Berman since he turned professional in September.

But last month Chauke, the only South African amateur fighter at 2008 Beijing Olympics, ditched trainer Colin Nathan for Manny Fernandez.

Milenkovic, whose Branco Sports Production (BSP) is already bursting at the seams, announced yesterday that the dexterous flyweight fighter will make his debut under BSP at Wembley Arena on Friday night.

Milenkovic promotes mostly the cream of South African boxing, who include three IBF champions, Isaac "Angel" Hlatshwayo, Simphiwe "Golden Master" Nongqayi, Moruti "Baby Face" Mthalane, former six-time world champion, Cassius "Hitman" Baloyi, former SA and WBF junior featherweight titleholder, Oscar "Golden Boy" Chauke, Phillip "Time Bomb" Ndou and IBO bantamweight holder Simphiwe "V12" Vetyeka.

Milenkovic already has plans for Jackson but he first wants him to make an impression in his six rounder against East Londoner Sandile Mxabaniso on Friday.

Chauke's fight with Mxabaniso is one of the undercards to the Hlatshwayo's defence against German Jan Zaveck.

Milenkovic said Jackson's fight on Friday was a perfect stage for him to showcase himself in a bigger tournament.

"Moruti Mthalane, who ruled the flyweight division, is now the IBF champion and we are looking at getting Chauke ready to take over as the national king," Milenkovic said.

Chauke won silver at both the 2006 Commonwealth Games and 2007 All Africa Games.

He turned professional in September under Nathan who guided him to four wins (2 KOS).

Oscar and Ndou will fight Zimbabweans Peter Pambeni and Ali Phiri in the junior featherweight and junior welterweight divisions, respectively, over eight rounds.

Milenkovic's boxing extravaganza, dubbed "Perfect Match", is the last for the year in Gauteng.

Tickets are available at Computicket and Shoprite-Checkers stores for R100 for ringside seats and R50 for ordinary seats.

Only the Hlatshwayo-Zaveck fight will be televised live on Blow by Blow on SABC at 10pm.


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