'Careful what you ask for, Bopape'

SA junior-middleweight champion Nkululeko Mhlongo jolts Walter Dlamini en route to a fourth-round stoppage to win both the SA and WBA Pan African middleweight belts . / Nick Lourens
SA junior-middleweight champion Nkululeko Mhlongo jolts Walter Dlamini en route to a fourth-round stoppage to win both the SA and WBA Pan African middleweight belts . / Nick Lourens

Outspoken Free State boxing promoter Lebo Mahoko says dogs always bark at moving carts.

He was reacting to John "Section 29" Bopape's challenge to recently crowned SA middleweight champion Nkululeko "Bull Dog" Mhlongo.

"John must be very careful of what he is wishing for," Mahoko said.

Mhlongo is an enormously talented boxer from Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal who hits very hard .

"Bopape will soon find out if he thinks what Mhlongo did to Walter Dlamini (TKO 4 last month) was a fluke," said Mahoko of Dream Team Promotions.

"I've heard his cry; I've listened and he's got my full attention. John will definitely be accommodated early next year." said .

Bopape, from Alexandra township, called on Mhlongo for a showdown after knocking out No 5 contender Wade Groth in round one on Sunday.

Mhlongo is within the three-month period of making a voluntary defence, which means choosing any of the top 10 rated contenders. Bopape is rated No 6.

"This is very interesting. Dlamini stopped Wade in one round for the middleweight title and he promised to do the same to Nkululeko. You know very well what happened in that fight. Now John stops Wade and thinks he can repeat that with Mhlongo. He must begin preparing now because we don't want excuses."

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