A Christ­mas Cracker bout

It’s the DRC vs Kaza­khstan at Em­per­ors Palace

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

Kaza­khstani boxer Ro­man Zhailauov will try to prove how good he is when he meets Paul Ka­manga – who hails from the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo (DRC) – for the va­cant World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Pan-African wel­ter­weight ti­tle.

Their bout takes place at Em­per­ors Palace, Kemp­ton Park, on Tues­day night. It is the head­liner of the Golden Gloves bill dubbed Christ­mas Cracker.

The last time Zhailauov fought at the venue was in Septem­ber, when he lost by split de­ci­sion to Thomp­son Mok­wana over eight rounds.

How­ever, Zhailauov’s trainer, Harold “The Ham­mer” Vol­brecht, felt his charge was given a raw deal by the judges.

Three months ear­lier, Zhailauov had beaten Luyanda Jako by way of a first-round tech­ni­cal knock­out at the same venue. In April, he beat Wil­lis Baloyi on points at Em­per­ors.

The fiery Zhailauov will be mak­ing his fourth ap­pear­ance at the en­ter­tain­ment re­sort.

Vol­brecht said his boxer was fired up and con­fi­dent about win­ning con­vinc­ingly.

“My fighter is de­ter­mined to win by knock­out be­cause he was robbed the last time around. He is in great shape and will be crowned the cham­pion,” said Vol­brecht. He said they had trained hard for the fight. The for­mer Kaza­khstani ju­nior cham­pion has had 150 am­a­teur bouts. He has fought most of his pro­fes­sional fights in his home coun­try. He has 15 wins, with nine knock­outs, to his credit.

But Ka­manga is no slouch and is un­beaten in 17 paid out­ings.

He last threw punches com­pet­i­tively in a fight against Ja­son Bede­man, win­ning on points over 10 rounds at Em­per­ors in Septem­ber.

Ka­manga’s men­tor, An­ton Gil­more, said his man was primed to win the ti­tle.

“He has been train­ing very hard for this clash, which he be­lieves will be the defin­ing mo­ment of his box­ing ca­reer,” said Gil­more. There will be five other bouts on the bill.

BRD will stage a night-bout bill, dubbed Fes­tive Ex­plo­sion, at Pres­leys in Boks­burg on Fri­day night.

Top­ping the bill will be the six-round ju­nior mid­dleweight fight be­tween Han­sie Carr and Khakhathi Ra­mushi (see box).

PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

17 WINS AND COUNT­ING it his best shot

Paul Ka­manga is ready to give

PHOTO: JAMES B GRA­DIDGE/ N-SQUARED

FIRED UP Khaz­ak­stan’s Ro­man Zhailauov in ac­tion against Wil­lis Baloyi

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