Chauke ready to challenge Ntsele for SA title
OLYMPIAN Jackson van Tonder Chauke may have boxed his way to a crack at the SA flyweight title currently held by Doctor Ntsele when he defeated Mluleki Fukile last Friday night.
Their six-rounder was part of a seven-bout card that was organised by Coetzee Promotions at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg. It was their second fight. They met last year in a fight that was declared a technical draw after they accidentally clashed heads, leaving Fukile with a bad cut. Fukile, from Eastern Cape, is a durable fighter who is trained in Hillbrow by George Khosi.
Chauke had no difficulty in winning their bout on Friday and trainer Nick Durandt described the boxer's spirited performance as a sign of being ready to "increase his bank balance".
"I'm not demanding to fight for the South African title but I want Jackson to be the champion before the end of the year, and I don't mean to disrespect Doctor (Ntsele), who is the current champion. What I am saying is that Jackson is ready to step up and win the title, that's all," Durandt said yesterday.
Chauke, who turned professional after his return from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where he was eliminated in the first round, still has to taste defeat in the paid ranks. The 27-year-old right-handed boxer from Tembisa has eight wins with five coming via the short route.
He is rated No2 nationally.
Meanwhile, Ntsele's trainer Lehlohonolo "Hands of Stone" Ledwaba announced yesterday that his charge will defend against Motswaki Maselesele on August 25. Ledwaba, a former world champion and a legend in his own right, said Mfama Promotions will organise the fight in Port Elizabeth. Ledwaba said it will be Ntsele's third defence since winning the title in 2010.
Ntsele and Maselesele are neighbours in Welkom but Ntsele is now based in Gauteng. He fights out of the Central Western Jabavu Boxing Club in Soweto.
Ntsele and Maselesele shared the spoils in their first fight, a four-rounder in 2006.