Baby­face is ready for his come­back

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The last time Moruti “Baby­face” Mtha­lane threw punches in the ring was at Dur­ban’s Olive Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in De­cem­ber 2015.

He stopped Renz Rosia from the Philip­pines in the ninth round to re­tain his In­ter­na­tional Boxing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IBO) fly­weight ti­tle.

On Fri­day night, Mtha­lane will get the chance to brush away the cob­webs by de­fend­ing his crown against an­other Filipino, Ge­n­e­sis Li­branza. The fight takes place at Wem­b­ley In­door Arena in Turf­fontein, Joburg.

Mtha­lane is brim­ming with con­fi­dence and wants to prove that his time away from the sport hasn’t af­fected him.

“I’ve been itch­ing for ac­tion for too long, and this is the mo­ment that I’ve been wait­ing for. I’m go­ing to prove to my fans that I’m still the best by win­ning this fight,” said Mtha­lane.

Baby­face comes to the ring boast­ing 32 wins and two de­feats in 34 pro­fes­sional fights. Li­branza is un­de­feated in 11 out­ings as a pro­fes­sional cam­paigner.

The main fight on the un­der­card of the TK Boxing Pro­mo­tions event will be the South African ju­nior ban­tamweight cham­pi­onship bout be­tween Doc­tor Nt­sele and Sa­belo Ngem­binyane. The rest of the bill: Tshifhiwa Mun­yai vs Sa­muel Ka­papu (feath­er­weight, eight rounds); Ron­ald Malindi vs Alexan­der Gam­binya ( ju­nior ban­tamweight, eight rounds); Oliver Tshi­tumbi vs Bouck­son Bukasa (mid­dleweight, four rounds); Wade Groth vs Hamed Ka­longi (mid­dleweight, four rounds); and Sihle Jel­wana vs Mo­ra­pedi Kho­tle (fly­weight, six rounds)

PHOTO: TE­BOGO LETSIE

CHAMP Moruti Mtha­lane will be in ac­tion again af­ter al­most 18 months

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