Gare vs Motau?

BOXING connoisseurs have called for a local showdown between William Gare and Khotso Motau so that South Africa has one super middleweight fighter to represent it against the best in the world.

BOXING connoisseurs have called for a local showdown between William Gare and Khotso Motau so that South Africa has one super middleweight fighter to represent it against the best in the world.

"Dynamite" Gare holds the WBF belt while "Masterpiece" Motau is the South African champion.

Gare and his trainer Johnny du Plooy were not available for comment yesterday.

Stanley Ndlovu, who has moulded Motau - the former Athens 2004 Olympian - into a venerated pugilist, said: "Faka imali uzobona - put the dollars on the table - we are there. I suggest you speak to promoter Blacky Seoe."

Motau is keen.

"I am at a red robot waiting for the go- ahead. It is up to the promoter."

Promoter Seoe from Free State, who promotes both fighters, liked the idea.

"This will be a very good fight for South Africa. I must talk to the two boxers and I will get back to you," said the man who pays his champions nothing less than R120000.

Ardent fight followers believe that this showdown will give Motau international exposure that will propel him to greater heights. Motau will then be able to reach his full potential, they say. Otherwise he will be like Gare, who despite being a talented fighter could win only the WBF belt.

Even that achievement came too late, when he could be left with a year in boxing, especially should he lose to Motau, whose career took off like a house on fire after his return from Athens.

This supremely built, tall and athletic left-hander from Dube in Soweto chalked up 11 straight knockouts until tasting defeat in 2007.

Last month Motau demolished Peter Mashamaite in four rounds.

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