Iron Man targets the Commonwealth crown
Veteran boxer Klaas “Iron Man” Mboyane will have another chance at a late flourish in his boxing career when he trades punches with Englishman Muheeb “Flashy” Fazeldin for the vacant Commonwealth bantamweight title.
Their bout takes place at the Magna Centre in Rotherham, Yorkshire, in England on February 6.
The 34-year-old Mboyane, who hails from Mahwelereng in Limpopo, will be aiming to add a second international title to his list of achievements.
He won the vacant World Boxing Organisation intercontinental crown by beating Ross Burkinshaw of England in four rounds at the same venue in May last year.
Now Mboyane will have to prove he is worth his gloves by snaring the Commonwealth crown, which used to be known as the British Empire Championships.
He previously held the South African title and will have to show class against the relatively unknown 23-year-old Fazeldin.
Both of the pugilists are southpaws, a relative rarity in the ring.
Mboyane will have to rely on his superior experience to win. He has claimed 18 victories, along with 10 losses and two draws in 30 professional fights.
The young Fazeldin, who was born in Yemen in Western Asia but now lives in England, boasts seven wins and one draw in eight paid fights. He is yet to fight someone with a proven reputation, which makes him something of a wild card.
Meanwhile, SA super featherweight champion Jasper Seroka’s camp will decide next week if their charge will defend his title against Koos Sibiya next month.
Seroka beat Sibiya on points at the Mdantsane Indoor Arena in their first meeting last August.
“Sibiya’s camp have been pestering the champion since November to give their man a rematch. We’ll finalise everything next week,” said Seroka’s trainer, Manny Fernandez.
COMMONWEALTH MAN Simphiwe Vetyeka
Klaas Mboyane (right) takes on
Jasper Seroka (right) in action against Ashley