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OSBORNE "Big Daddy" Machimana, the gentle sleeping giant of local boxing, will finally don boxing gloves again in a competitive fight on Sunday.

OSBORNE "Big Daddy" Machimana, the gentle sleeping giant of local boxing, will finally don boxing gloves again in a competitive fight on Sunday.

He will bid for the sixth defence of his South African heavyweight title against Bully "The Bulldog" Muravha at Nasrec Arena in Johannesburg.

Machimana has been hitting bags at Nick Durandt's gym with no fights since November 2008 when he fought Myan Solomons. But he has not complained, probably because he gets a good monthly salary at Boxercise Gym in Norwood, Johannesburg, where he works as a personal trainer.

Worryingly, promoter Pat Molefe, who will present the fight on Sunday, has been mum about this clash between the two fighters from Limpopo.

Could it be that he feels the fight is not worth promoting or that he has already made his money through SuperSport who have bought broadcasting rights?

Machimana is racing against time at 32. This gifted fighter may not reach his full potential before his career winds down.

He has fought only 46 rounds since he won the national title with a seventh-round stoppage of Wiseman Dlomo in October 2006.

Machimana was stopped in round nine by Shane Cameron for the World Boxing Association and Internatioanl Boxing Federation Pan Pacific heavyweight titles in 2007.

He was also stopped in the seventh round by Joseph Chingangu in July 2008. Before that he stopped Jake Els in five rounds in August 2007, registered a TKO in the seventh round against Pieter Cronje in November 2007, and stopped Corrie Sanders in the first round in February 2008 and Myan Solomons in round five in May 2008.

Machimana is likely to struggle to deal with Muravha, the 21-year-old challenger who is still to make an impression in the ring. Mentored by George Khosi, Muravha has done well so far, winning four of his nine fights.

Some of the undercard fights on Sunday will feature promising fighters like Ilunga Makabi and Jason Kinnear.

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