Iron Man tar­gets the Com­mon­wealth crown

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

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.

PHOTO: HER­MAN VER­WEY

COM­MON­WEALTH MAN Sim­phiwe Ve­tyeka

Klaas Mboy­ane (right) takes on

PHOTO: CHRIS­TI­AAN KOTZE

CRUSH­ING Dlamini

Jasper Seroka (right) in ac­tion against Ash­ley

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