Hitman faces a harder arrieta
CASSIUS "Hitman" Baloyi, the 34-year-old former six-time champion in three weight divisions, believes there is still plenty of firepower left in his arsenal.
Baloyi, who has registered 36 wins in 41 professional fights (19 by way of knockout), four losses and a draw, still yearns for a seventh title.
In fact this former WBU super bantamweight and featherweight IBO super featherweight (twice) and IBF super featherweight (twice) champion, will take a step in that direction on Friday night.
He will oppose Roberto Arrieta for the vacant No 2 spot in the IBF junior lightweight division.
Their fight takes place at Wembley Arena, in the south of Johannesburg.
Baloyi is currently rated fifth while his Argentinian foe occupies the number 13 spot.
They met yesterday at a press briefing where both Baloyi and promoter Branco Milenkovic paid tribute to the IBF for sanctioning Baloyi for this fight, considering that he comes from a knockout defeat to Malcolm Klassen.
"I want to thank Branco and the IBF for showing confidence in me," said Baloyi.
"For Branco to get me this fight proves that he is one of the top promoters in the world, if one considers that I am from a knockout."
Arrieta warned that he was much better prepared this time than he was three years ago when he lost to Mzonke Fana.
"I am much stronger now," he said.
Since losing to Fana, Arrieta has chalked up 12 wins, nine by knockout, against two defeats.
Baloyi's new trainer Manny Fernandez said fight fans will see a better Baloyi.
"At least 60percent better than when he fought Malcolm," said Fernandez, whose other charge, Oscar Chauke, will be in action in one of the undercards against Tanzanian Hussein Pazzi over eight rounds.
Milenkovic said tickets are on sale at Computicket and Checkers outlets at R100 (ringside) and R50 (ordinary seats).