By SYDNEY MORWENG
After hiatus boxing makes its return to South Africa’s favourite destination Carnival City.The announcement -well timed- was made by both the Branco Sports Productions and Carnival City management recently.
In a true legendary move the venue will relive its historical days with the opening of top boxing bonanza from renowned boxing legends and youngsters pitted up against to see who will be the last man standing in what has been aptly billed ‘African Glory’ IBF World of Championship evening on Wednesday, 01 September 2010.
Blood and tears will be the order of the day, I’m certain of that!
Highlights of the evening features, two IBF World Championship title bouts; four 12-rounds IBF championship fights a total of 48 rounds; and two new title eliminators IBF junior featherweight and IBF mini-flyweight, respectively.
Topping the bill is the fiercely contested duel in the IBF World Vacant Junior Lightweight championship between Cassius “The Hitman” Baloyi up against Mzonke “The Rose of Khayalitsha” Fana in the IBF title.
Both fighters, sharing their thoughts with members of the press spared no punches as- expected – they went for each others throat.Baloyi seated next to his manager and businessman Butyityi Konki, said being a legend will stand him in good stead.“I have been sparring non-stop with my technical team, and I must assure my fans that this time, I will dethrone Mzonke. My fitness level is unbelievable,” he said in a polite response.
His counterpart Mzonke gave a glimpse of a smile and said, the return of boxing to this legendary venue will befit my kind of style. I will write history in the books of South African boxing by teaching my partner a very severe lesson.“This is my time, are you all listening?” he said much to the laughter.Moruti “Baby Face” Mthalane against Zolani “The Last Born” Tete is one of the fights the bookmakers are pinning their hopes on having drawn huge interest from punters. Mthalane whose camp is managed by the controversial Nick Durandt, said since they’re both in the pick of their careers, blood and sweat will be splashed all over the ring and he will come out tops.
The Jefffey “Mongoose” Mathebula and Takalani “The Panther” Ndohvu pairing is also considered to be one of the clashes not to miss having sparked fierce talks from both camps and serious contestation.For the IBF Mini Flyweight Tshepo Lefele from Free State and Japanese Katsunari Takayama promises their fans a pound for pound battle.General Manager at Carnival City Casino Derek Panaino told Sports Focus that their relationship as Sun International with boxing goes way back. The return of boxing to this venue signifies the value and economical spin-offs this will have for both organizations.Asked how long the contract is he said, there was no stipulating or detailing the length of the deal but this should be considered as a “mutual agreement between us and Branco Promotions”.
As expected SABC sport was again on the lips and minds of the lot for their spinelessness behaviour.Gatvol Konki took a swipe at the public broadcaster for not coming on board for the tourney.“It is such a shame that the public broadcaster decided not to flight these fights. I’m lost for words to describe this coward act. What does this mean to the fighters themselves, fans and families?” he asked bitterly.A man who is never short of words Durandt resplendent in his trademark gold chains said:” Since seeing that SABC won’t flight the fights, this is contempt to the sponsors. With or without them the show goes on. Sies,” he uttered with ignominy.
Tickets available at Computickets outlets and Carnival Casino.