Baloyi camp threatens to end Dlamini's hot streak
WALTER Dlamini's bubble will burst when he meets Hanson Baloyi at Carnival City, Brakpan, on Thursday night.
This stern warning was issued by Baloyi's underrated boxing trainer George Khosi yesterday, ahead of the six-rounder between the two fighters that will be fought in the super-middleweight division.
''Dlamini has had a very good run, winning all 10 of his fights since he turned professional last year. But all good things must come to an end some time," said Khosi yesterday.
Khosi's fighters, from the George Khosi Boxing Gym in Hillbrow, are always included in tournaments as stepping stones yet some have on occasion upset the applecart, defeating their highly-favoured opponents.
Khosi said they respected Dlamini like any other boxer but this would end ''the moment the referee instructs them to box".
Dlamini is currently rated No2 in the middleweight class but he could soon be elevated to the top spot as current No1 Makhosonke Zwengu was recently defeated by national champion Christopher Buthelezi.
According to the rules, Buthelezi can choose any of the top-10 contenders for the voluntary defence of his title and the winner will then be mandated to defend against Dlamini.
Khosi warned that they too were looking at getting a rating.
"So we will push Dlamini to the limit."
Baloyi, from Giyani, will be making a comeback.
He last fought on March 27 2010, when he stopped Emmanuel Duma in two rounds at Nasrec Arena.
The long lay-off was because of an attack on the boxer in Hillbrow, when he was stabbed several times and left for dead .
But Khosi made it clear that the 2007 titlist in the Baby Champs programme had fully recovered.
''Dlamini must expect war," warned Khosi.
The bout will form part of the eight-fight card that will be staged by BRD Promotions.
Topping the bill will be an eight-rounder between Warren ''The Warrior" Joubert and Mustard Mangaladza.
Essiane Clotilde and Lillian Molala will do battle in the women's super-middleweight division over six rounds.
The tournament is dubbed Boxing Explosion.
Action at Carnival City starts at 7.30pm.