ENIGMATIC fighter Delta Sipho Mkhithi has threatened to end the career of Michael van Heerden if given the chance to fight him.
Mkhithi - a lanky boxer from Limpopo - cares little about the Gauteng provincial junior middleweight champion's title. His eyes are on the South African middleweight belt.
"I will not take Michael's title even if I win. It will be a reminder that he once boxed because his career will end," roared "The Lion of the North", as Mkhithi calls himself. "I have two hearts, a human heart and a lion's heart. Go to Namibia, they will tell you who Delta is."
Mkhithi knocked out Kanime Kanime in round one of their middleweight eight- rounder in 2005.
Namibian fans at the Windhoek Country Club watched in disbelief as their hero kissed the canvas.
Mkhithi's win restored South African pride on a night when six other local fighters had lost to Namibians. Mkhithi was at ringside at Wembley Arena last Friday when Van Heerden defended against Bongani Mlotshwa, who bit the dust in the fourth round.
"Bongani (Mlotshwa) was doing well but his heart gave in," said "the Lion".
Mkhithi declined to name his new trainer, saying: "I am training hard. I am fit enough to beat Van Heerden. That is what matters most."
Previous trainers Benny Pailman, Peter Faver and Cliff Martins of Westside Boxing Academy said they had not seen the boxer since November last year.