Rush Hour in no hurry to quit
Former International Boxing Organisation (IBO) welterweight champion Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka has brushed aside advice from his successor, current IBO titleholder Tsiko “Cruel Junior” Mulovhedzi, to hang up his gloves.
Funeka lost his crown in a fifth-round technical knockout before his home fans at the East London International Convention Centre last Friday.
The 37-year-old’s performance was poor and he had nothing to offer the polished Mulovhedzi, who landed a number of powerful punches from the first gong.
The Limpopo challenger’s punches had Rush Hour in serious trouble from the outset, although he did manage to survive two knockdowns in the third round.
By the fifth round, Funeka was clearly exhausted and Mulovhedzi then seized the opportunity to land a few more powerful jabs.
This was when referee Deon Dwarte stopped the fight and saved Rush Hour from more punishment.
However, Funeka’s camp was unhappy with the outcome of the fight.
They said Mulovhedzi had used muti to beat Funeka.
The Daily Dispatch reported that Funeka’s trainer Dokes Sikonyela claimed that Mulovhedzi’s camp was seen with suspicious muti objects before the bout.
In addition, Sikonyela reportedly said members of Funeka’s camp had heard that Mulovhedzi’s followers were seen doing suspicious things near the ring during the fight.
Mulovhedzi (28) has dismissed the muti claims as “jealousy” from Funeka’s handlers.
The newly crowned IBO kingpin told City Press the punishment he inflicted on Funeka in the ring was a sign that Rush Hour should quit as “he has nothing more to offer boxing”.
But Funeka said he had no plans to do that.
“I still have a lot to offer boxing and Mulovhedzi cannot tell me what to do.
“He may have taken my title, but I will definitely regain it when we meet again.
“I am still strong and want a rematch,” said Funeka.
Regarding allegations of black magic being used by the rival camp, Funeka said he had felt dizzy throughout the fight and was unable to stick to his fight plan. “I felt numb throughout the bout. “But that’s not an excuse, I will get him one day,” said Funeka.
The veteran has 36 wins, five defeats and three draws in 44 professional fights.
Mulovhedzi has had 20 fights, winning 10, losing seven and drawing three.
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