Madzinga, Mchunu in war talk

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Bones could crack tonight at the Finetown multipurpose centre in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, when combatants Thabiso Mchunu and Patrick Madzinga collide in a battle for the vacant South African cruiserweight title.

M'Zwakhe Qobose, who examined them during their weigh-in at Nasrec yesterday, gave the two gladiators a clean bill of health. Madzinga, 36, from Western Cape, tipped the scales at 85,84kg while Mchunu, 18, from KwaZulu Natal registered 85,82 kg. The limit is 86kg.

Madzinga, who will try to win the national belt for the fourth time, was the first to warn faint-hearted fans to stay away because "it's gonna be war". He promised to give it to Mchunu from the onset.

"This fight won't go 12 rounds, I swear. I am surprised he is a favourite with only three fights. Is it because he is the champion in the Baby Champs or what?" he asked.

Madzinga has a fight record of eight wins, (three by knockout), 12 losses and two draws while Mchunu boasts three knockouts from three fights.

"The fact that he is rated number two tells the story," said Madzinga.

In his last fight, in May last year, Madzinga knocked out Sean Santa, 2006 Baby Champs titlist, in the first round.

Trainer George le Roux said Mchunu was made a champion long before he threw a punch.

"We have bad news for him. But if Patrick cannot win this one then he must quit," he said.

Mchunu just laughed at Madzinga and Le Roux's bravado.

"They are talking about 12 rounds when I prepared myself for 15 rounds. They say they have more experience but where is it because Patrick has lost most of his fights," he said.

"I intend to display my skills but that involves punching power. It will then be up to him if he stays longer for brutality."

Marcel Japhta and Edward Mpofu will fight for the vacant Gauteng featherweight belt in the main supporting bout. There will be four more undercard fights.