Mthembu set up for bigger things
Fighting Dlamini brings him closer to SA title crack
Christopher Buthelezi’s throne as the South African middleweight champion is hanging by the thread since it has been reported that the 43year-old champion could be forced to relinquish the title because of his endless battles with the scales.
His promoter Thulani Magudulela has quickly matched Ayanda Mthembu from Mandeni in KwaZuluNatal with Walter Dlamini for a non-title fight which will form part of Ludonga Boxing Promotion’s development bill in KwaGqikazi in Nongoma tomorrow.
The idea behind Mthembu’s fight against the Gautengbased Dlamini is for Mthembu to chalk a win and move up in the ratings where he is currently rated No 7.
When Buthelezi finally decides to give up the title and BSA matches top ranking contenders for a vacant title, Mthembu would have moved higher up the rankings to challenge the winner.
“I have to make sure that I prepare Mthembu for the future,” said Magudulela whose charge, Buthelezi, has held the title since 2011.
Mthembu exchanged powerful blows vigorously and aggressively with then SA welterweight champion Shaun Ness last year at Emperors Palace. Ness won the brutal 12 rounder on points.
Mthembu later moved up to the middleweight class where he stopped Sam Sithole in two rounds at Mandeni Town Hall in November.
Magudulela’s tournament features boxers from Ulundi, Mnambithi, uPhongolo, Dundee, Bergville, Mpumalanga and Kenya.
He said action would begin at 1pm and entrance is free.
I have to prepare him for the future
SA welterweight champion Shaun Ness and Ayanda Mthembu during their previous bout.