All eyes on mseleku

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Sakhumzi Mqadaru's mediocre performance against Tshepo Lefele last Friday night has drawn attention to Wandile Mseleku's fight against Jasper Seroka this Friday night.

Mqadaru showed no desire or brain power. The lanky Eastern Cape fighter, who is ranked seventh, "got tired" and retired on his chair going for the seventh round.

There was not even a single round where he upped the tempo. This reflected badly on Boxing SA's sanctioning committee, which approved him for a national title fight.

Mqadaru's conduct was embarrassing. He fought like a challenger who was given that chance on a silver platter.

Mqadaru's appalling performance was witnessed by millions of viewers of SABC's Blow by Blow .

He suffered his fifth defeat and second stoppage in 14 fights. He has won six times (four stoppages and drawn three fights.

The image of trainer Lennox Mpulampula, who was two weeks ago voted Boxing SA's trainer of 2008, was tainted while his opposite number, Gert Strydom, enhanced his reputation.

Strydom, who deputised for Nick Durandt, guided Lefele from the Free State to the first defence of the belt he won from Gideon Buthelezi last September.

Pressure will be on Mseleku, a novice of seven fights, this Friday night to prove himself and the sanctioning committee right.

He is the champion of the 2008 Baby Champs while Seroka, a class act in his own right, also holds the African Boxing Union belt.

The champion from Limpopo has 17 wins (7 KOs) against one defeat. He was defeated by Malcolm Klassen in 2003.

Seroka and Klassen are now stablemates at Strydom's gym. In fact Seroka will make his debut under Strydom on Friday.

It is unclear who will be in Mseleku's corner because he bolted the stable of Manny Fernandez early this year.

Branco Sports Production will be in charge again .