nothing will stop me: angel

Face to Face Isaac
Face to Face Isaac "The Angel" Hlatshwayo will be defending his IBF World Welterweight Championship Title over 12 rounds against Jan Zaveck from Ptuj, Slovenija former Yugoslavia fighting out of Germany. The fight will be held at Wembley Arena, Johannesburg. Pic: BAFANA MAHLANGU. 09/12/2009. © Sowetan.

IBF WORLD champion Isaac "Angel" Hlatshwayo is on a mission to greatness.

IBF WORLD champion Isaac "Angel" Hlatshwayo is on a mission to greatness.

He wants to follow in the footsteps of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, who are rated as number 1 and 2 pound-for-pound fighters in the world today.

"I will not allow Jan Zaveck to be a stumbling block," Hlatshwayo said yesterday at a briefing in Auckland Park where he came face to face with his German foe.

Hlatshwayo will defend against Zaveck at Wembley Arena on Friday night. "Jan is a good fighter; I am the ultimate warrior," he said.

Both Zaveck and trainer Dirk Dzemski were not fazed by Hlatshwayo's warning.

Dzemski instead warned that Hlatshwayo's three months of fame would come to a screeching halt on Friday night.

"Isaac has never been in the ring against a determined fighter like Jan," warned Dzemski, a former NBA middleweight champion. Zaveck, who is currently rated 13th by the IBF, warned that he did not come all the way from Germany to be an opponent.

"I will do my best," warned the battle-scarred warrior who has only one defeat against 27 wins (15 KOs).

He signed to challenge Hlatshwayo on November 8 and that seems like insufficient time to prepare for the fight of this magnitude.

But Dzemski said Zaveck was super-fit because he had been preparing for a fight that had been cancelled.

Zaveck, 33, is from Slovenia but fights out of Magdeburg. His only defeat was a split decision against Poland's Rafal Jackiewicz, who defeated Delvin Rodriguez for the rights to challenge the winner of the Hlatshwayo-Zaveck bout.

Hlatshwayo won the belt after defeating Rodriguez in America under the guidance of trainer Nick Durandt.

Hlatshwayo left Durandt a few days after their great victory and rejoined Manny Fernandez, who warned that Hlatshwayo's hand speed and power would be too much for Zaveck to handle.

Kenny Chevalier (US) will be the referee while Albert Bennett (US) and two South Africans, Alfred Buqwana and Deon Dwarte, will be the ringside judges. The fight will be televised live on Blow by Blow at 10pm. There are five undercard fights. The action, presented by Branco Milenkovic, starts at 8pm.