Shark takes bite at Superman

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

World Boxing Foundation (WBF) lightweight king Mlungisi "The Shark" Dlamini, who takes on the busy Gary St Clair on November 14 in Bloemfontein, has been warned to sink or swim by boxing pundits.

"Superman" St Clair, the Guyana-born fighter who is based in Australia, lost to Malcolm "The Stone" Klassen for the International Boxing Foundation (IBF) belt in 2006 and to Cassius Baloyi in the IBF title eliminator last year.

But this does not necessarily relegate this former International Boxing Organisation and IBF junior lightweight champion to the scrapheap.

In fact St Clair, who lost to Amir Khan, the 2004 Olympic lightweight silver medallist, earlier this year, could end Dlamini's two-year reign.

St Clair, 33, boasts 40 wins (17 KOs) against seven defeats, with no stoppage, and two draws.

He has been a professional boxer since 1994.

Dlamini, 26, the charismatic fighter from Durban, will have to be at his best against St Clair. Anything less than his best will not be enough. This will be his sternest test to date.

This fight, his third title defence, will be presented by top Free State boxing promoter Blacky "Shoes" Seoe's Robs Promotions in Bloemfontein.

Dlamini last fought in May when he stopped Brazilian Jairo Moura dos Santos in one round at the Kroonstad Military Base in the Free State.

That was Dlamini's 12th short-route to victory from 18 wins. He is yet to taste defeat.

Seoe was worried that St Clair would not be a good enough opponent for Dlamini, especially after learning that he had lost to Klassen and Baloyi.

"I want quality fights. It is sickening to read in the papers, especially after staging a tournament, that the WBF approves mediocre opponents," he said.

The sanctioning committee of the Australian-based WBF has guaranteed evenly-matched and competitive fights in the future.

"Dlamini can kiss his title goodbye," warned Howard Goldberg, the Cape Town-based representative of the WBF in Africa.