Dlamini laughs off Bedeman

JASON Bedeman's handlers are "pulling the crocodile by its tail" in challenging Mlungisi Dlamini to defend his IBO lightweight belt against Bedeman.

JASON Bedeman's handlers are "pulling the crocodile by its tail" in challenging Mlungisi Dlamini to defend his IBO lightweight belt against Bedeman.

This stern warning was issued yesterday by Dlamini, nicknamed "The Killer Shark".

"They are dicing with death," warned Dlamini, who threatened to cut Bedeman to pieces. "This boy beat Grant Fourie for the IBO Africa title and now he thinks he is happening. No one turns easy money away.

"I hope that boy and his trainer Manny Fernandez are not looking for cheap publicity. They must talk to their promoter Rodney Berman and set a date. I am available."

Golden Gloves fight publicist Terry Pettifer said online that the "Badman", who is yet to taste defeat after 12 fights, was hunting the KwaZulu-Natal warrior's IBO world lightweight title.

Bedeman and Fernandez were not available for comment yesterday. But Fernandez is confident that his 20-year-old charge will flatten the undefeated Dlamini with ease: "I watched Dlamini beat Zolani Marali to win the vacant IBO world lightweight title several months back and I feel that Jason will knock him out inside eight rounds."

Dlamini responded: "I will punish that boy so severely that his mother will advise him to quit boxing."

Dlamini left the boxing fraternity looking on in disbelief at Emperors Palace on October 31 when he decked Marali in the third round to add the IBO belt to his cabinet.

Dlamini also holds the WBF strap, which he won in 2007. The charismatic 27-year-old remains undefeated after 22 fights: 21 wins (13 KOs) and a draw.

"Please write this in isiZulu that ngizomshaya (I will beat him up). I will beat the hell out of him. I will show that Fernandez knows nothing about boxing," said Dlamini, whose trainer Warren Hulley could not be contacted yesterday.

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