'A new star is born'

I still haven't recovered from Friday night's excitement after witnessing a 12-rounder, a fistic gem, between Bongani Mwelase and Lucky Lewele.

I still haven't recovered from Friday night's excitement after witnessing a 12-rounder, a fistic gem, between Bongani Mwelase and Lucky Lewele.

To be honest I don't wish too. That was the fight I will not hesitate to buy if it's available on DVD. Mwelase is the star, the hope of troubled South African boxing that lacks personalities like him.

He has forcefully filled the vacuum left since 2004 when poor health forced Philip "Time Bomb" Ndou to retirement.

Ndou's arrogance and bravado, which forced even those who did not follow boxing to take note, disappeared into thin air when this lanky, good-looking and knockout artist from Limpopo retired.

But I am proud today to say: "A new star is been born" in "Cyclones" Mwelase. (See page 30). This eloquent youngster, 23, who shoots straight from the hip and backs up his boasting with his hands while swivelling around the ring so lyrically like a ballerina.

Mwelase, 10-0 (nine KOs), is already being compared to old time greats such as Muhammad "The Greatest" Ali, Thomas "Hitman" Hears or even Richie Kates.

That is how good Mwelase is. A gold medalist in last year's Commonwealth Games, Mwelase defied Lucky Lewele to look like a very old man. Mwelase has got speed, power, drive and height which he used to his advantage.

But most most importantly the boy is not an ordinary fighter who just throw punches in the direction of his opponent. He is intelligent, a thinker and an entertainer.

"I'm smart. People ask me why I am so confident and I tell them that I am special pugilist who was born to conqueror."

Boxing SA already has its Fight of the Year but I promise you that is how most people who saw that fight feel. I wish I was a poet to retell those brutal rounds in mere words. I take my leave...

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