Power at the Palace as boxers square-up

By AMOGELANG RAMELA

THE stage has been set and dreams will be shattered as ten boxers take each other in what is expected to be an excellent tournament dubbed Power at the Palace tomorrow night at the Emperors Palace.

Although the main focus will be on the bout Catchweight 91kg involving Simba Flo and Daniel Bruwer who are despite are both desperate for victory in order to book themselves a place in the forthcoming Cruiser Welterweight Super 8 due in June, boxing fanatics can brace themselves for the much awaited bloody battle between Kaizer Mabuza and Steve Wills who take each other for the vacant IBO Welterweight world title.

Back to the Flo-Bruwel’s fight, the two boxers are fully aware that they either pulls their socks up or lose their place in the Super 8 and a good fight to the satisfaction of the Rodney Bergman’s Golden Gloves will see them both qualify for the tournament.

The winner however will still have to qualify for the competition via another fight against the feared Ruben Groenewald.

Said Bruwel: “This is going to be a very tough fight between myself and Simba, but I can’t afford to lose this one as it will give me an opportunity to qualify for the Super 8 without doing so via a clash against the loud-mouth Ruben Groenewald.”

The 27 year-old Bruwel who boast of 22 victories, three losses and one draw in 26 fights said he respect Flo as an aspiring youngster with a brighter future career as a boxer: “But this is boxing and therefore friendship aside as I also need to sharpen my career as a boxer.”

Simba on the other hand was equally positive that he will do well against Bruwel as he also needs to take part in the Super 8.

“I have had some set-back in my last two fights, but that is water under the bridge now and that will be proved in the ring come tomorrow evening,” said the 22 year-old Simba who has 11 wins and two losses under his belt.

Meanwhile Mabuza has promised his Australian opponent (Wills) not to expect anything in their bought.

“I’ve been training hard for this fight and Wills must not expect to win this fight. He will go back to Australia empty handed because I am going to make sure that the title remains here in the country,” promised the 34 year-old Mabuza.

The tournament starts at 8pm with Pabalo Ncakeni taking on Phakamani Mthethwa in the Lightweight bout scheduled for four rounds.

In the main bout, Tommy Oosthizen will come face to face against Serge Yannick from Australia for the IBO super Middleweight world title scheduled for 12 rounds.

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