Big bucks on the cards for Machimama

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Osborne Machimana is a few steps away from making a real impression in the international arena as a heavyweight boxer and ultimately be in line to rake in millions of rands as it is the norm in that weight division.

He currently holds the national title and also boasts a first round knockout win over Corrie Sanders, the former WBU and WBO champion.

But Machimana, who is under the mentorship of Nick Durandt, still remains an enigma in big time boxing.

His victory against Sanders did not send any warnings to the top dogs out there that "Big Daddy" has arrived. The "Sniper", 42, had long lost the passion for the fight game which turned him into being a multimillionaire.

His skills and speed had deteriorated but this left-handed fighter was hanging in there simply because of the fact that boxing is a disease to boxers and they do not want any cure.

Their match-up made headlines when it was announced. A capacity crowd of 2500 hardcore fight fans crammed the Centre Court at Emperors Palace on February 2 in anticipation of a cracker of a shootout, which turned out to be a flop.

Now Machimana, who first touched dollars when he became chief sparring partner for Sanders during his heyday, has been presented with the opportunity to put his feet on the doorstep of big time boxing and real money.

He will challenge Zambian Joseph "No Pressure" Chingangu for the African Boxing Union title in Zambia on June 21. Golden Gloves publicist Terry Pettifer said a win for Machimana would earn him a rating by one or two of the three boxing bodies.