last chance

SOME members of the media and the general public are wringing their hands in anguish over the do-or-die fight between Cassius Baloyi and Roberto Arrieta tonight.

SOME members of the media and the general public are wringing their hands in anguish over the do-or-die fight between Cassius Baloyi and Roberto Arrieta tonight.

Yours truly is rubbing his together in gleeful anticipation of a bumper boxing weekend.

The action begins tonight at Wembley Arena where Branco Sports Production presents a must-win bout for Baloyi.

"Hitman" Baloyi, a former six-time world champion in three weight divisions, has to walk past this tough-as-nails Argentinian to prove that he still has what it takes to cause confusion in the IBF junior lightweight division.

Baloyi is rated fifth while Arrieta occupies the 13th spot. Their 12-rounder is for the vacant No 2 spot.

Mzonke Fana, who boasts a win over Arrieta, is ranked top.

Robert Guerrero is the champion. He took the belt from Malcolm Klassen recently and the latter is currently ranked fourth.

Guerrero has been mandated to defend against Fana early next year. The winner will defend against the victor in the clash between Baloyi and Arrieta.

Dissenters argue that Baloyi's promoter Branco Milenkovic is taking the easy way out for his charge by influencing the hierarchy of the IBF to sanction Arrieta. This writer feels that it is actually Milenkovic who is taking a risk.

Arrieta is no pushover. The fight will be televised live on Blow by Blow at 10pm.

The action continues tomorrow at Emperors Palace, where Zolani Marali and Mlungisi Dlamini will fight for the vacant IBO lightweight belt. This will be Marali's first fight in the lightweight class while Dlamini rules the division with an iron fist but as the WBF holder.

This clash will be televised live on SuperSport 4.

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