rise from death

ALL animals are equal but some are more equal than others.

ALL animals are equal but some are more equal than others.

This quote from George Orwell's classic novel Animal Farm applies to professional boxer Nkqubela "Ike" Gwazela.

Boxing South Africa (BSA) should have revoked Gwazela's professional boxer's license but the former South Africa and World Boxing Council International flyweight champ hasn't given the governing body room to do just that.

Gwazela has a tendency of bouncing back when he has been written off.

He was written off as washed up after suffering a unanimous points decision to Simphiwe "V12" Vetyeka for the national bantamweight belt on April 12, 2008.

Gwazela looked like he had been hit by a car after 12 rounds. After that punishing fight, Vetyeka won the IBO strap and vacated the national belt.

Again, Gwazela was sanctioned to oppose Klaas Mboyane for the vacant title. That fight was staged by Eyethu Promotions of promoter Mzimasi Mnguni at Orient Theatre where Mboyane and trainer Gert Strydom left about 1000 fans disappointed.

Mboyane stopped Gwazela, who enjoyed home advantage in Mdantsane, in the 11th round.

Again Gwazela's obituary was written but he rose from the dead to win a 10-rounds decision against Kenyan Nick Otieno on December 11 last year.

For the third time the governing body has given Gwazela an opportunity to win the national bantamweight belt.

Gwazela will challenge Mboyane on May 29. Their rematch will be presented by Mnguni at the same Mdantsane venue. Mboyane from Limpopo, who is based in Gauteng, will bid for the second defence.

For the record, Gwazela remains the only local fighter to defeat Moruti "Baby Face" Mthalane. Gwazela stopped Mthalane in the 11th round for the flyweight strap on September 24 in 2004.

But in February 2005, Gwazela was stripped off the title by BSA when he tested positive for a banned substance.