Sil­ver­man chal­lenges Mbenge to a show­down

‘I will take Thu­lani to the deep wa­ters’

Sowetan - - Sport - By Bongani Ma­gasela

Au­da­cious boxer Jared “Mr Hol­ly­wood” Sil­ver­man has thrown down the gaunt­let at South African wel­ter­weight cham­pion Thu­lani “Evo­lu­tion” Mbenge for a mother-ofall lo­cal show­down.

“I think this is the type of match-up that will bring down any box­ing venue in terms of at­ten­dance be­cause one thing is guar­an­teed ... and that is war,” said Sil­ver­man yes­ter­day. “Thu­lani is the best wel­ter­weight boxer in South Africa, and that is why I want to fight him.”

Mbenge, from Mdantsane in Eastern Cape, boasts 10 knock­outs in 12 wins. He reg­is­tered the first de­fence of his SA ti­tle against Mzi­wox­olo Nd­wayana last week­end.

Said Sil­ver­man: “I have al­ways wanted to fight best guys. I have never been kept un­der cot­ton wool from when I was still trained by Nick Du­randt.”

Sil­ver­man is now trained by Gert Stry­dom. “I will bring blood and guts. You will have two boys in there com­ing to fight. What more do you want?” asked Sil­ver­man, who is fresh from a fourth-round stop­page win of Zen­zele Ntanzi.

“I will take Thu­lani to the deep wa­ters and make him drown. I want to see if he’s got the heart,” he said.

At­tempts to get a com­ment from Mbenge yes­ter­day drew a blank.

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