panther on the prowl

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Boxing enthusiasts must brace themselves for pure artistry between Takalani "The Panther" Ndlovu and Oscar "Golden Boy" Chauke.

These two gladiators, who are class acts in their own rights, will clash for the vacant World Boxing Foundation (WBF) featherweight belt.

This is by far the best WBF local match.

The public is guaranteed value for their money.

This boxing match for the belt, which became vacant two months back after the death of Ludumo Galada, will be presented by World Sports Promotions at Graceland Casino in Secunda, Mpumalanga on March 20.

That is where Ndlovu blew Anthony Tshehla away in less than a minute in 2002 to win the national featherweight belt.

At that time Ndlovu was trained by his father Stanley Ndlovu.

Takalani , 31, is now under Nick Durandt.

Chauke, 28, made an impression in 2006 when he won the national junior featherweight belt, that the Manny Fernandez-trained boxer has defended three times.

Chauke has four losses, one by a stoppage.

He vacated the national belt after winning the WBF strap in 2007.

Chauke, who is from Tshiawelo in Soweto, is a stand-up boxer who stalks his prey before finally bursting into action.

He is not a banger of note. Chauke boasts seven short-route wins, all stoppages, while Ndlovu has perfected the art of digging deep in the midsection.

Ndlovu, a former IBO featherweight holder, boasts nine clean knockouts from 18 short-route wins against five defeats (one by a stoppage).

"I don't want to talk too much except to say that I will emerge victorious," said Ndlovu with conviction.

Chauke said: "I did not hesitate to take this fight when the offer came because I have his beating. He is a a good boxer but I am the best. You've got to be at Graceland on March 20 to see that for yourself."