dlamini still rules

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Mlungisi Dlamini is still the proud holder of the WBF lightweight belt.

This confirmation by his father Mboneni Dlamini, who manages his son's fruitful career, yesterday ended speculation that "The Shark" had relinquished that belt.

Last week Free State-based boxing promoter Blacky Seoe announced that Dlamini would fight for the WBA belt on May 23.

That raised eyebrows because Dlamini, from Esikhawini in KwaZulu-Natal, does not even appear in the top 20 of the WBA ratings.

The usual procedure for African fighters who aspire to fight for the WBA belt, is that they must first win the WBA Pan African, Intercontinental and International belts.

On hearing this Mboneni said the undefeated Dlamini, 16-0, who fights out of Gauteng under trainer Warren Hulley, would not fight for anything less than the WBA eliminator.

The number one spot is occupied by Namibian star Paulus "Hitman" Moses.

Seoe changed his tune and announced on Wednesday that Dlamini would now defend the WBF belt against an as yet unconfirmed opponent next month.

His fight will form part of Seoe's five championship bouts at the military base in Kroonstad on May 23.

William Gare will defend the WBF super middleweight belt against Ukrainian WBF Intercontinental champion Roman Shkarupa.

Tshepang Mohale and Khotso Motau will fight for the vacant SA super middleweight strap.

Bongani Mwelase will defend the national welterweight belt against Thabo Mashishi.

In the other title defence Sam Malinga puts the national junior welterweight belt on the line against Collin Mayisela.