'Tsetse Fly' to bite for recognition

Rofhiwa 'Tsetse Fly' Nemushungwa will take on Joshua 'TKO' Studdard at Emperors Palace on December 4.
Rofhiwa 'Tsetse Fly' Nemushungwa will take on Joshua 'TKO' Studdard at Emperors Palace on December 4.
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Little-known bantamweight boxer Rofhiwa "Tsetse Fly" Nemushungwa will launch his career in style at Emperors Palace next Monday, says his trainer Allan Toweel Junior.

Nemushungwa will face crowd favourite Joshua "TKO" Studdard over 10 rounds.

"Rofhiwa is unknown but people will stand up and take note once he is done with Joshua," said Toweel. "We are going in there to surprise a lot of people."

Studdard boasts seven stoppages in eight wins against a loss to Ayanda Nkosi.

Studdard is trained by unheralded boxing mentor Warren Hulleys.

"Joshua is a good boxer. The fight comes as a good opportunity for Rofhiwa to make a statement," said Toweel, adding they had hoped to fight Studdard for the vacant Gauteng bantamweight title.

"The rule which stipulates that a boxer must have fought three fights in that weight division to qualify to fight for a title killed everything." Nemushungwa, who upset the bookies last year by beating favourite Sabelo Ngembinyane over six rounds in Soweto, has eight wins in 14 fights. The bill, a box-and-dine affair of promoter Jeff Ellis, includes an international eight-rounder featuring local favourite Johnny "Hurricane" Muller against Congolese Youssef Mwanza.

Muller, a former SA, WBC International Silver light-heavyweight champion, boasts 20 wins in 28 bouts.

Mwanza's record according to Golden Golves is 7-2-1, despite BoxRec.com listing only one pro bout for him.

There will be six more bouts and action will begin at 7.30pm.

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