sanders digs at osborne

PONTENTIAL: Osborne 'Big Daddy' Machimana. Pic. Antonio Muchave. 26/05/05. © Sowetan.
PONTENTIAL: Osborne 'Big Daddy' Machimana. Pic. Antonio Muchave. 26/05/05. © Sowetan.

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Corrie Sanders wants an early night against Osborne Machimana, pictured, when they collide in their 10 rounder in the heavyweight division at Emperors Palace on February 2.

Their fight will form part of Golden Gloves Promotions (GGP's) "Fire and Brimstone" extravaganza that will be bankrolled by Gree Air Conditioners.

GGP publicist Terry Pettifer said the two fighters had a heavy verbal sparring during their meeting at Emperors Palace on Wednesday.

"I'm offended that I have to lower my standards and fight a South African fighter when my thoughts are focused on a return match with one of the Klitschko brothers," growled Sanders, the former WBU and WBO champion.

"Don't be late for the fight because this will be an early night, especially because I've got a game of golf planned for the following day. Machimana doesn't belong in the same ring with me and I plan to knock him out within the first five rounds."

Pettifer said the normally lackadaisical Machimana, who holds the local belt, warned the 42-year-old Sanders that his time as a fighter was up.

"Corrie was a great fighter but his time has passed."

Machimana's mentor Nick Durandt is understood to have warned Sanders through his manager Takis Christodolou to:

"Tell Corrie that instead of playing a game of golf the morning after the fight, he may have to resort to being a caddy".

But Christodolous responded by warning Durandt that he would not be able to help Machimana, 27, once the bell rang.

GGP boss Rodney Berman said he would not be surprised if both men took turns on the canvas.