No getting rid of 'Spoiler'

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

South African boxing just cannot do away with Edward "The Spoiler" Mpofu.

Just when the 35-year-old former South African junior featherweight champion is expected to hang up his gloves, Mpofu gets a chance to win another South African belt.

Mpofu, who outpointed Innocent Mthalane at Park Station in September, has been approved to challenge Ludumo Galada for the local featherweight title.

Galada, 26, a former Olympian who turned professional in 2005, is a novice with only eight knockout wins in as many fights. Mpofu, a seasoned campaigner whose not so fruitful career spans 10 years, has 16 wins (3 KOs), eight losses and three draws.

Their fight will be promoted by Koko Godlo Promotions and Mamali Boxing Promotions in Port Elizabeth on Friday night.

Mpofu replaced Jeffrey Mathebula, who pulled out two weeks ago. Mathebula holds the WBC International featherweight title that was also supposed to be on the line against Galada.

Gauteng trainer Eugene Khanyile, who was voted Boxing SA's Trainer of 2006 for his successes with IBO featherweight reigning champ Thomas "Merciless" Mashaba, said two weeks was enough for Mpofu to prepare for Galada.

"I don't want to sound arrogant here. Galada is still a baby, and besides, Mpofu went the full distance with Ali Funeka when we had only one day to prepare," Khanyile said.

"Mpofu did not stop training after his fight with Mthalane. In fact he helped Mashaba with sparring. Don't be mistaken, we are going there to win."