Taliwe storm brews

SIPHO "Tsunami" Taliwe, who is being hailed by many as boxing's next big star, says he will engulf Jasper Seroka in a storm of flailing leather.

SIPHO "Tsunami" Taliwe, who is being hailed by many as boxing's next big star, says he will engulf Jasper Seroka in a storm of flailing leather.

"I will sweep him over," threatened Taliwe yesterday.

This twinkling star, a knockout artist with 12 of his victories coming by the short route, is the mandatory challenger to Seroka, who holds the national junior lightweight title.

"Punishment is what I have in store for him. It will be up to him to decide whether to soak up the punishment or just do a smooth transition to abdicating the throne."

But Taliwe from Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape, who is destined for the highest level, must wait for a while because Seroka is still serving his 60-day suspension after his sixth-round stoppage by Mzonke Fana in his previous fight on July 31. They were fighting for the number-one spot in the IBF's junior lightweight ratings.

For the time being Taliwe, who fights out of Gauteng, will fight Nicholas Modibeng in what Taliwe's trainer Benny Pailman described as a warm-up before the big one.

Taliwe and Modibeng's fight will be presented at Wembley Arena on September 24 by new promoter Andre Kerr under the banner of Seconds Out Promotions.

Pailman dismissed suggestions that Taliwe was taking a gamble that could end his chance to challenge Seroka.

"There is no way in hell that Modibeng can beat Sipho," said Pailman, who added that Seroka should sleep with the South Africa belt around his waist and enjoy it for the last time because his reign is about to crumble like a pack of cards.

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