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'the rock' is unstoppable

By Bongani Magasela | Jan 18, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

YOUNG but brawny fighter, Thabiso "The Rock" Mchunu will on Friday night continue in his mission of sending weary fighters to retirement.

Mchunu, 21, from KwaXimba, Cato Ridge in Pietermaritzburg, defends the SA junior heavyweight belt against Reuben Groenewald at the City Hall in Bloemfontein.

Groenewald is a former ABU junior middleweight, WBU middleweight, British Masters and WBF Intercontinental super middleweight titleholder.

At 32 Groenewald is still young. But Groenewald, who returned home two years ago, after spending eight years in the UK, is asthmatic and should not be allowed to box.

The junior heavyweight division is too big for him. His inability to take a punch showed against Ronnie Lategan, another spent force.

Lategan dropped Groenewald within a minute of their fight in September. Groenewald held on for dear life until he gained a second win when he flattened Lategan in one minute and 44 seconds into the first round.

Groenewald, 23 wins (10 KOs), seven losses and three draws, will indeed remain a dangerous opponent for as long as Mchunu allows him to last.

Mchunu is undermined by a lot in the boxing fraternity. That's probably because he fights sparsely but old timers Patrick Madzinga, Sean Santana and Soon Botes found out inside the ring that Mchunu is a force to be reckoned with.

Botes was Mchunu's last victim. Not much punishment was meted to him but Mchunu exposed Botes that the time for this former SA super middleweight and light heavyweight champion was up.

Subsequently, "Bazzoka" Botes, 36, turned his back in round eight in their fight May. Like all other boxers who do not know when to call it quits, Botes is still around.

The fact is, he is long gone past his sell by date. Mchunu, who also holds the WBA Pan African belt, engages another weary fighter on Friday but once more he goes into a title defence as an underdog.

That is purely because of his inexperience. This charismatic herculean, whose skills are honed by his father Elis Mchunu, has seven stoppages from as many fights.

The young Mchunu is the product of Boxing SA's Baby Champs programme. He holds the 2008 title.


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