Nongqayi faces stern test

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Crafty WBF junior bantamweight champion Simphiwe "Golden Master" Nongqayi will be tested to the fullest on August 17.

The Border boxer, who fights out of Gauteng under the highly glorified mentorship of trainer Nick Durandt, will defend against the vastly experienced South American Dario Azuaga in Carletonville.

This King Korn-sponsored fight will be broadcast live on Blow by Blow at 10pm.

If fight records are anything to go by then the relatively inexperienced champion, who has only 12 wins, in five short-routes, could kiss his title goodbye.

The battle-scarred 33-year-old Paraguayan, a former WBC Mundo Hispano, South American, WBO Latino and Paraguayan bantamweight champion, has an outstanding knockout ratio of 58 from 69 wins and 10 losses.

Sowetan believes Nongqayi has been overmatched.

But the champion, 32, a well- travelled former member of the SA National Amateur Boxing Organisation, is a promising fighter who is yet to be tested.

His promoter, Thinus Strydom, who trades under the World Sports Promotions banner, is confident that his charge can outbox his formidable opponent.

Nongqayi claimed the WBF belt with an emphatic eighth-round stoppage win over Khulile Makeba in Kimberley last December.

But he laboured unnecessarily against Rafael Tirado, a mediocre opponent, for seven rounds in Mpumalanga on May 11. That fight was stopped due to bad cuts above both eyes of the Ecuadorian.

Azuaga, who is nicknamed "El Indo de Oro", has been in the ring with top name fighters like Oscar Narvares, the current WBO world champion, Hugo Rafael Soto, IBO Pacific featherweight champion Billy Dibb, and Sergio Manuel Medina, to mention but a few.