I won’t quit now, says Big Daddy
Newly crowned SA heavyweight champion Osborne “Big Daddy” Machimana, the man who ended the boxing career of Anton Nel, says he does not plan to retire from the ring despite his ripe age of 37.
Machimana dethroned Nel, knocking him out in the fourth round, to be crowned the new national champion at Birchwood Hotel in Brakpan last Saturday.
That defeat forced Nel (47) to hang up his gloves.
Big Daddy’s age does not bode well for his career, as he is regarded as being over the hill.
The Tzaneen, Limpopo-born fighter, who has been throwing punches for 16 years since he started campaigning in the paid ranks in 2000, says he won’t quit now.
He was nicknamed after erstwhile World Boxing Organisation heavyweight champion Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe from the US.
“I may have forced Nel to call it a day, but I won’t retire now myself because I still have more boxing in my veins,” says Machimana.
“I’m aware that age is no longer on my side, but I will fight for as long as I’m still a champion. I regard myself as still young. I can’t tell now at which age it will be over for me.”
Machimana, who has compiled a professional record of 21 wins, eight defeats and two draws from 31 outings, says he would like to defend the national crown three times and keep the belt.
This was his third fight against Nel in a national championship bout. He lost his first match-up via a fifth-round knockout in East London in 2002. He registered a seventhround knockout victory at Carnival City three years later.
Machimana is trained by Johan van Staden. Before then, his fistic career was guided by Nic “Mthakathi” Durandt.
“I would love to have three more international fights and challenge for the world title.”
Big Daddy’s next fight is likely to be a title defence against a foe yet to be known next month.
EYES ON THE PRIZE Osborne Machimana forces Anton Nel to a clinch during their SA title fight at Birchwood Hotel last week. Machimana won by a fourth-round knockout