vuma faces tough brit

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Vincent "The Rock" Vuma will share the ring with former WBC, WBA and WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye in the UK on November 15.

The latter will fight with New Yorker Monte Barret at O2 Arena. Haye's Hayemaker Promotions will co-present his 10 rounder with Barret at the Millennium Dome with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.

Haye vacated the WBC, WBA and WBO belts in order to pursue his ambitions in the heavyweight division. The British boxer boasts 20 knockouts from 21 wins against one loss.

Barret (34 wins, 20 KOs, 6 loses), ranked sixth by the WBO, fought unsuccessfully for the WBC and WBA world heavyweight titles.

The main supporting bout will feature Vuma in defence of the WBC International junior middleweight belt against Ryan Rhodes.

Vuma, trained by Nick Durandt will bid for the second defence. Vuma won the WBC belt in July last year in the UK when he stopped highly ranked Englishman Mark Thompson in the eighth round at Robin Park Centre, Lancashire.

Vuma has won 26 of his 28 fights, 15 by knockout against two defeats. The winner will also get a top 10 rating in the WBC and a clearer route towards a potential title tilt.

Currently, Vuma is rated 16th while Rhodes, the British champion, 25th. Rhodes, boasting 40 wins, 27 KOs against four losses, was named Sheffield's Sportsman of the Year two weeks ago.