Golden Boy wants War Child as a gift

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

Azinga “Golden Boy” Fuzile wants a be­lated birth­day gift by re­tain­ing his SA feath­er­weight ti­tle at the ex­pense of Rofhiwa “War Child” Maemu to­day.

Fuzile, who turned 21 last Sun­day, will de­fend his belt against Maemu at the Ori­ent The­atre in East Lon­don.

The Dun­can Vil­lage-born Fuzile made a name for him­self by join­ing a se­lect group of the coun­try’s greats when he won the na­tional feath­er­weight belt in only his fifth bout as a pro­fes­sional fighter at the age of 20.

He achieved this feat by beat­ing Macbute Sinyabi by a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion at Ori­ent The­atre in Septem­ber.

The Kusile Com­pre­hen­sive High School Grade 12 pupil added the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal belt to his pos­ses­sions by out­point­ing Syd­ney Maluleka in a South African ti­tle de­fence at Ori­ent The­atre in May.

Now, Golden Boy wants to prove to Maemu, who is four years his se­nior, that he is the real deal.

“I could not cel­e­brate my birth­day prop­erly last week as I was train­ing hard for this clash. My aim is to fin­ish the bout early and later go en­joy my­self with some of my class­mates and camp mem­bers as a be­lated cel­e­bra­tion,” said Fuzile.

He will need to be cau­tious and not make the mis­take of tak­ing Maemu lightly be­cause War Child is an ex­pe­ri­enced campaigner who has been in­side the ring many times com­pared with the ti­tle holder

Fuzile has posted three knock­out wins from seven fights. Maemu packs a hard right hook to send his foes to the can­vas – he has al­ready done that nine times.

How­ever, Fuzile is un­per­turbed by his ri­val’s punch­ing power, say­ing he is in great shape.

“I’m eye­ing a world ti­tle fight be­fore the end of the year and a win should pave the way for me,” said Fuzile.

But Maemu, who fights out of Soweto, is con­fi­dent of giv­ing a good ac­count of him­self.

He is deter­mined to spoil Fuzile’s planned cel­e­bra­tions by win­ning the match.

“I’ll be fight­ing be­fore a hos­tile Eastern Cape crowd. This means I must win by knock­out and si­lence the cham­pion and my crit­ics. I’m in great shape and I’m ready to be crowned the new cham­pion.”

He proved his worth by stop­ping Prince “Fresh Prince” Ndlovu in the second round to win the African Box­ing Union SADC feath­er­weight belt at the Blair­gowrie Recre­ational Cen­tre in Rand­burg last month.

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PHOTO: GALLO IM­AGES

RE­UNION Lehl­o­gonolo Masalesa

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