Fans expect fiery fight Friday

Amon Nhlapo fights Warren Joubert at Emperors Palace in the East Rand where the tournament was named
Amon Nhlapo fights Warren Joubert at Emperors Palace in the East Rand where the tournament was named "Make or Break". PICTURE: SYDNEY SESHIBEDI 05/07/2007

FIGHT fans must be anticipating the Friday night fight between Warren Joubert and Patrick "Mthakathi" Masango at Wembley Arena with glee.

FIGHT fans must be anticipating the Friday night fight between Warren Joubert and Patrick "Mthakathi" Masango at Wembley Arena with glee.

The Warrior" Joubert is out to stamp his authority as then No 2 contender for the South African junior lightweight title, which is currently held by Sipho "Tsunami" Taliwe.

On the other hand, Masango is gunning for Joubert's rating.

Masango is yet to convince the ratings committee that he deserves a place in the top 10.

Veteran Trainer Nick Durandt is keeping Joubert busy until next year. Taliwe must make a voluntary defence. Durandt's other charge, Godfrey Nzimande, is rated No 1.

Trainer Lawrence Ngobeni warned yesterday that they will spoil Durandt's plans for Joubert.

"Warren must expect a fast paced fight with the intention of winning by stoppage. We don't want to leave the decision to the judges," Ngobeni said.

His opposite number, Durandt, said he accepted the six rounder for Joubert against Masango knowing too well that "Masango is as tough as nails".

Durandt, who shoots from the hip, said: "My fighters are not kept under cotton wool. Listen, Warren is more than ready to take on Taliwe who must hold on to the belt tightly because Godfrey is also gunning for him."

Joubert is yet to lose a fight after 17 fights with 9 KOs while Masango from Witbank has lost 10 of his 31 fights with 16 wins (7 KOs) and five draws. Bones are bound to crack in their fight.

Meanwhile, the forever improving junior welterweight campaigner, Nthuthuko Memela, fights Masanda Kakaza over six rounds. These bouts will be presented by Branco Sports Production.

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