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UNHERALDED boxer Kaizer "Hammer" Mabuza caused a major upset on Sunday morning in Atlanta City, US, when he pummelled highly rated Kendall Holt into submission over six rounds.
Ushered to war by Manny Fernandez, Mabuza, ranked 13 by the IBF, was assumed to be cannon fodder but he upset the applecart when he stopped the former WBO champion, who is rated No 4 by the IBF.
Mabuza, 30, from Temba, North West, the SA and IBF Inter-Continental junior welterweight title holder, punished "Rated R" Holt from round three. Holt, who boasts a unanimous points win over Mabuza's stablemate, Isaac "Angel" Hlatshwayo, remained on his stool after round six.
Mabuza and Holt fought for the IBF junior welterweight title eliminator. The title is held by Juan Orango.
Holt's win over Hlatshwayo on November 3 2006 in the US was for the North American Boxing Organisation (Nabo) junior welterweight title. Nabo is an affiliate of the WBO body.
Mabuza last fought on September 17 when he won the IBF Inter-Continental belt against Sergey Fedchenko in Ukraine while Holt's last fight was in April last year when he surrendered the WBO belt to Timothy Bradley.
Mabuza improved his knockout ratio to 14 in 23 wins against six losses and two draws. Sadly, he does not enjoy the recognition given to other SA champions.
Mabuza's promoter Branco Milenkovic said his charge would challenge the winner of this weekend's IBF and WBC unification bout between Orango and Devon Alexander.
Milenkovic's stable boasts three IBF flyweight champions: Moruti Mthalane (junior bantamweight), Simphiwe Nongqayi (bantamweight) and Jan Zaveck (welterweight). Milenkovic's other fighters rated by the IBF are Zolani Tete (No 1 in the flyweights), junior bantamweight Muvhuso Ndezanani and Evans Mbamba (No 4 and No 8), Silence Mbuza, Vusi Malinga and Simphiwe Vetyeka (No 7, 8 and 9 in the bantamweights), junior featherweights Takalani Ndlovu and Jeffrey Mathebula (No 1 and 3), Mzonke Fana, Cassius Baloyi and Malcolm Klassen (1, 2 and 4 junior lightweights), Patrick Malinga (No 14 lightweights) and Hlatshwayo (No 4 in the welterweights).