lefele warned

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Tshepo Lefele's dream of lacing the World Boxing Council International strawweight belt will not come true for as long as Zukisani "Troublemaker" Kwayiba is at the helm.

This warning was issued yesterday by Kwayiba's trainer Dudu Bungu, who will mastermind Lefele's downfall at the Carousel casino in Hammanskraal tonight.

Lefele will bid to regain the belt he lost to Gabriel Pumar two years ago. But Bungu warned that the green and gold belt will not leave his stable.

"Look, we are not worried about Lefele at all. Our intention is to make up for Kwayiba's poor performance against Alex Aroy.

"He looked bad," said the straight-talking Bungu. Kwayiba was then under Mzamo Mapetla. His fight ended comically after a power outage in the seventh round.

It was then decided on the scorecards and Kwayiba was declared a majority points winner. It was after that dubious victory, his 10th ( seven KOs), that the 22-year-old left-handed boxer joined the famous Eyethu Boxing Gym.

This will be Kwayiba's debut under Bungu. Kwayiba won the title from Pumar via a 10th round stoppage because of a bad cut over Pumar's left eye two years ago.

Pumar had won it from Lefele. The Filipino knocked Lefele four times before referee Andrew Smale saved the Free Stater from destruction in the seventh round on March 31 2006.

Lefele bolted the stable of Collin Nathan and teamed up with the esteemed Nick Durandt. The latter guided Lefele to a points win over Pule Nhlapho over eight rounds in January.

That was Lefele's 14th victory (eight KOs) against two defeats. His challenge at Kwayiba, who is making his third defence, will top Branco Sports Productions programme. It will be televised live on Blow by Blow at 10pm. Entrance fee is R50 and action kicks off at 8pm.

l Bungu will be in the corner of Zolani Tete, whose WBF flyweight title will be on the line against his former stablemate Xolani Ntese, at East London's Orient Theatre on Sunday.

The former sparring partners know each other's strengths and weaknesses so well that their boxing match could easily be a boring affair.