Lefele has chance to silence doubters

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Was Tshepo Lefele damaged by Jonas Kgasago, who dropped him three times in the first round of their clash in 2006 before Lefele was rescued towards the end of that round?

Fight fans and experts will carefully analyse Lefele's performance on Friday night against the iron-like Sakhumzi Mqadaru at Nasrec Arena.

Their fight will be presented by Branco Sports Production.

Lefele bolted the stable of Colin Nathan and joined Nick Durandt who guided him when he took the South African mini flyweight belt from Gideon Buthelezi last September. Lefele will bid for a first defence.

But Durandt will not be in Lefele's corner. He will be in Mexico where his other charge, Simphiwe Nongqayi, oppose Francisco Arce in the IBF super flyweight title eliminator on February 28.

Durandt assigned Gert Strydom to man Lefele' s corner. Strydom guided Malcolm Klassen to the IBF junior lightweight scrap against Gary St Clair in 2006.

Lefele may have bounced back to become the national champion but there is lot of scepticism his future.

He showed signs of tiredness during his fight with Buthelezi. His legs were unsteady under a barrage of punches early on but he became stronger as the fight progressed. Buthelezi turned his back in round six.

Meanwhile trainer Lennox Mpulampula made it clear that Mqadaru will end Lefele's reign.