Mwelase vows to punish champ Lewele

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Lucky "Babawazo" Lewele will need more than just luck to survive a storm of flailing leather from Bongani "Cyclones" Mwelase next month.

This stern warning was issued yesterday by Mwelase, who will challenge Lewele for both the South African and World Boxing Council International welterweight belts.

Their eagerly awaited battle will be staged by promoter Branco Milenkovic at Wembley Arena on November 9.

"The time has come," said Mwelase, a former top amateur.

Mwelase has been calling for this chance since he turned professional last year following an illustrious amateur career. He challenged Lewele for a fisticuffs during the awards in January but the cool and collected Lewele ignored him.

In fact Mwelase, a gold medallist in the Commonwealth Games, intended challenging Joseph "Smokin' Joe" Makaringe when the latter was still the champion.

The Nick Durandt-managed Makaringe ruled the local weight division with an iron first for six years. He won the title in 2000 and defended it successfully 11 times.

Makaringe vacated it early early last year to focus on the international arena. Lewele then took over in September after stopping Thabo Mashishi in five rounds.

At that time Mwelase was still a novice of five wins (5 kos). He has since gone on to win both the Baby Champs and Gauteng Provincial titles.

"I've got what I've wanted for a long time," said this Johnny du Plooy-trained knock out artist who boasts nine wins, all by stoppages.

"No man calls me a boy. I will teach him a lesson. Lucky will need more than luck to survive. They say I've got a big mouth. I'll show them that I talk the talk and walk the walk.

"I'm an uncrowned welterweight champion," he said.

Attempts to get either Durandt or Lewele for a comment drew a blank.