I don’t need a trainer, says Bull­dog

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SA ju­nior mid­dleweight cham­pion Nku­l­uleko “Bull­dog” Mh­longo says he is pleased to pur­sue his box­ing ca­reer with­out the help of a trainer.

Un­like many box­ers who re­quire the ser­vices of men­tors to nur­ture their skills, Bull­dog does it on his own. And he be­lieves self-train­ing is work­ing for him.

Last Saturday, the Bloem­fontein-based boxer, who trains at Dream Team Gym­na­sium, was in his el­e­ment.

Mh­longo showed great phys­i­cal con­di­tion­ing and men­tal sharp­ness when he pum­melled chal­lenger Brandon Thysse on the way to win­ning via a 10th-round stop­page in his na­tional ti­tle de­fence at Em­per­ors Palace.

“I have been train­ing all by my­self since turn­ing pro­fes­sional in 2007, and this has worked for me. Be­ing your own trainer re­quires a great deal of self-dis­ci­pline and mo­ti­va­tion. I don’t see my­self get­ting any men­tor in fu­ture,” said Mh­longo, who was born in Eshowe in KwaZulu-Na­tal.

The 27-year-old fighter said he sparred with for­mer In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion ju­nior feath­er­weight Lehlo­honolo “Hands of Stone” Led­waba in Jabulani, Soweto, be­fore fights.

“I also go to Gert Stry­dom’s gym in North­cliff for spar­ring,” he said.

Mh­longo’s pro­moter, Lebo Ma­hoko of Dream Team Pro­mo­tions, said: “It’s very rare to see a fighter train­ing him­self. Bull­dog man­ages to do that be­cause he is ex­tremely self-dis­ci­plined.”

Bull­dog has had 16 wins and five de­feats from 21 pro­fes­sional fights.

His last two losses hap­pened in Ger­many, when he lost to Rafael Be­jaran by a tech­ni­cal de­ci­sion for the World Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion su­per wel­ter­weight ti­tle at Grosse Frei­heit in April. His other loss was on points against Wanik Awdi­jan over 10 rounds in Nurem­berg in July.

. Mean­while, East­ern Cape boxer Lu­sanda “School­boy” Ko­man­isi will have the big­gest test of his box­ing ca­reer on Friday night.

He meets Filipino Jhack “El Cap­i­tan” Te­pora for the va­cant World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion feath­er­weight at the Ori­ent The­atre in East Lon­don.

Ko­man­isi, who pre­vi­ously held the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IBO) and South African ti­tles, was in­ac­tive for two years af­ter be­ing stripped of his IBO belt for fail­ing to de­fend it. His come­back bout was a 10-rounder against Free State’s Tello Lethebe, who he knocked out in the sec­ond round of a non-cham­pi­onship bout at Apache’s in Al­ber­ton last month.

School­boy has com­piled a record of 21 vic­to­ries and three de­feats from 24 fights.

Te­pora is un­de­feated in 21 out­ings, with 15 of his wins com­ing via the short route.

Their bout will head­line the Her­itage Cel­e­bra­tion bill staged by Xaba Pro­mo­tions. Other fights on the bill:

Vuyani Ma­sondo vs Gift Bholo (va­cant ABU South­ern Re­gional ju­nior wel­ter­weight); Lindile “Tsotsi” Tshemese vs Yanga “Show­time” Sigqibo (SA ban­tamweight ti­tle); and Uyanda “Big Bear” No­gogo vs Odwa Gaxa (wel­ter­weight, eight rounds).

PHOTO: STEPHANIE LLOYD

TEST Lu­sanda Ko­man­isi beat Roli Gasca in 2015. Ko­man­isi will go up against Jhack Te­pora in East Lon­don on Friday

PHOTO: LINDILE MBONTSI

FIRM Nku­l­uleko Mh­longo is happy to train him­self

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