Mokwana defends title in Mthatha
THOMPSON Mokwana will travel to the Eastern Cape to defend his South African lightweight title for the third time.
Mokwana, who is from Limpopo but fights out of Manny Fernandes's stable in Johannesburg, faces Viwe Mdletyeni at the ORTambo Hall in Mthatha on July 28.
Fernandes has already declared that his boxer will successfully defend his title, though he is set to face a hostile crowd in Mthatha.
Mokwana captured the title when he shocked the boxing fraternity by stopping former champion Patrick Malinga in March last year.
Prior to that fight, Malinga had not lost since July 2004.
"We don't know much about the challenger, but that should not be a problem to us. We are going down to the Eastern Cape to defend our title. Thompson will have more power than the challenger," said Fernandes.
"This is does not necessarily mean that we underestimate our challenger, as the Eastern Cape has good boxers. The fact is that Thompson is a far better boxer in the lightweight division.
"Thompson beat Malinga, who had been smashing everybody in front of him.
"Malinga was undefeated in almost seven years before Thompson beat him."
Mokwana has already registered two successful defences - against Malinga and Takalani Dangala.
Meanwhile, Mdletyeni scored a points win over Vuyani Masondo in his last fight, held at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre on March 31.
The Mokwana-Mdletyeni slug-fest, which will be promoted by Siphatho Handi's Mamali Productions, is the second SA title fight to be held in the former Transkei.
Meanwhile, Ntsika Sigcawu's Isizwe Boxing Promotions staged an SA female welterweight title fight between champion Rita Mrwebi and Shayvonne Pattison in Butterworth. Mrwebi stopped Pattison in the fourth round to retain her title.