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The 'Ghost' Zingange faces Dlamini acid test

By Bongani Magasela | 2016-11-24 10:49:21.0

Boxer Sibusiso "The Spook" Zingange's true potential will be tested when he fights Ashley "Stimela" Dlamini for the vacant African Boxing Union (ABU) junior lightweight title at Presley's in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, on December 8.

It is Zingange's three-fight winning streak this year which has convinced promoter Andre Thysse to put him in such a test of character. Zingange has 10 wins, a loss and a draw.

The 24-year-old from Reigerpark in Boksburg is trained by Russell van der Merwe from the Battle Team Gym. Zingange will face a battle-marked veteran in Dlamini.

The 32-year-old Dlamini from Mpumalanga has been around since 2008. Dlamini, who boasts 16 wins from 22 bouts, has not donned gloves competitively since he was outsmarted by Koos "The Great Last Warrior" Sibiya in February for the WBF Intercontinental junior lightweight belt in Kimberley.


Prospect Brandon Thysse, who is the promoter's son, has been included in the "Christmas Bash" bill. He will face Fortune Muyumba in a junior middleweight bout over eight rounds.

Thysse, Zingange's stable mate, is undefeated after six fights, while Muyumba from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is also undefeated after three outings.

Junior middleweight No 6 contender Jade "Beirut Bomber" Karam will take on unknown Dido Mukanya from the DRC in what will be Karam's eighth bout this year.

The boxer is fresh from a points win against Dennis Mbath. Karam, who is trained by Anton Gilmore in Johannesburg, has seven wins from 12 bouts. Mukanya is guided by Manny Fernandes.

Roarke Knapp will hope to continue in his winning ways when the two-fight novice takes on Brandon Bocking in a junior middleweight bout.

Knapp has two wins while Bocking is yet to taste victory after three bouts.

Cowin Ray will take on Zamehlo Dludu.

Thysse senior said there will be three more bouts.