Jou­bert, Jikani set for tough re­turn bout

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

Box­ing fans can ex­pect fire­works when War­ren Jou­bert de­fends his ju­nior wel­ter­weight ti­tle against Lungisani Jikani at the Or­lando Com­mu­nal Hall on Fri­day night.

This is the sec­ond meet­ing of the fight­ers in a na­tional cham­pi­onship match. Their first en­counter was for the then va­cant crown that saw Jou­bert win by a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion at Em­per­ors Palace last year.

Port El­iz­a­beth-based Jikani, who cur­rently holds the Eastern Cape ti­tle, is con­fi­dent he will de­throne Jou­bert.

Jikani has com­piled a pro­fes­sional record of 14 wins, eight de­feats and one draw in 23 bouts.

“I have learnt a lot from my pre­vi­ous de­feat to War­ren. I promised to re­lieve him of the ti­tle this round be­cause I have trained hard,” said Jikani.

Jou­bert, whose ca­reer is moulded by Colin Nathan, is an ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paigner with 24 vic­to­ries, four de­feats and five draws from 33 out­ings. He is op­ti­mistic he will make a suc­cess­ful de­fence. “I’m aware that Lungisani will be tak­ing the fight to me from the first gong. I will be too smart for him and will knock him out to prove that my pre­vi­ous win was no stroke of luck,” said Jou­bert.

Jikani’s trainer Cai­phus Ntante said his charge had been hard at work and would turn the ta­bles against the cham­pion. Jikani’s last fight was a draw against Asanda Ja­cobs over eight rounds at Port El­iz­a­beth’s Nan­goza Hall in Oc­to­ber.

Jou­bert beat Grant Fourie by unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion to win their SA and World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Pan African su­per light­weight scrap at Em­per­ors in March.

The event is ex­pected to have fire­works as Rainbow Pro­mo­tion boss Pat Molefe is try­ing to help bring box­ing back to the town­ships.

The main bout on the un­der­card will fea­ture Gaut­eng’s Mx­olisi Nombewu, who will take on Sabelo Ngibanyana from the West­ern Cape over eight rounds in the ban­tamweight class.

There will be five other bouts on the un­der­card.

PHOTO: DUIF DU TOIT / GALLO IM­AGES

THE WIN­NER IS? Lungisani Jikani (left) and War­ren Jou­bert are hoisted at the end of their fight at Em­per­ors Palace last year. They will meet in a re­match at the Or­lando Com­mu­nal Hall on Fri­day

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