Branco refuses to budge

MEAN MACHINE: Jonas Kgasago. Pic. Antonio Muchave. 30/08/06. © Sowetan.
MEAN MACHINE: Jonas Kgasago. Pic. Antonio Muchave. 30/08/06. © Sowetan.

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Trainer Paul Chabalala has called on promoter Branco Milenkovic to stage a local shootout between Zukisani "Troublemaker" Kwayiba and Jonas "Mean Machine" Kgasago.

Chabalala, who hones Kgasago's skills, said his charge would whip Kwayiba's backside.

"Branco will then know exactly whose career to guide to bigger fights. I promise you now Kwayiba won't go beyond seven rounds," said Chabalala.

Kgasago, from Phalaborwa in Limpopo, is the national mini flyweight champion and Kwayiba, from Duncan in East London, is WBC International champion in the same division.

Both fighters are products of Boxing SA's Baby Champs programme.

Kwayiba won the national belt last week when he stopped Eliot Tokona in seven rounds, while Kwayiba won the WBC "B" grade belt in September last year when he pulverised Gabriel Pumar in 10 rounds.

The Filipino virtually ended Tshepo Lefele's career in 2006. Lefele kissed the canvas three times as he surrendered the WBC International belt.

Kwayiba followed up the win over Pumar with a stunning first-round knockout win in March over S'Thembile Kibiti, the vastly experienced former national champion.

Chabalala said their intentions were to challenge Nkosinathi Joyi for the IBO title.

But Milenkovic, who promotes both fighters, dismissed such a match-up.

"Why must we destroy them when we can steer them in separate routes?" he asked.