Hearns-Hagler all over again

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Fight fans at Wembley Arena tomorrow night will be taken down memory lane - to April 13 1985 when Marvin "Marvelous" Hagler and Thomas "Hitman" Hearns clashed in Las Vegas.

Hearns threw challenges and even degraded WBC middleweight champion Hagler by calling him a midget.

But their lucrative clash ended in three rounds with the lanky, athletic Hearns helpless on the canvass.

Tomorrow sees another skeletal, fearless loudmouth, Bongani "Cyclones" Mwelase, who fights just like Hearns, taking on the always cool and collected Lucky "Babawazo" Lewele, who is more akin to Hagler.

Their eagerly awaited fight, a huge mismatch by boxing standards, will be staged by promoter Branco Milenkovic and the Gauteng sports department.

Mwelase, who boasts nine stoppages from as many fights, has been throwing challenges at the vastly experienced Lewele, who has 25 wins (18 KOs) and three losses. The Commonwealth Games gold medallist described himself as a devil.

"When you meet the devil, you get burned and I will be fire." Lewele predicted a sixth-round stoppage that would see him retain the SA and WBC International welterweight belts.

Boxing fundis are worried about the risk Lewele is taking by putting both his belts at stake because defeat, which they predict, could end his career.

But Lewele's manager Nick Durandt said that was a sign of his confidence.

His sentiments were shared by former WBC super middleweight champion Dingaan Thobela.

"I put my money on Lewele. He has got a lot of art and endurance and those are keys points," said Thobela.

The fight will be broadcast live on Blow by Blow at 10pm.

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