Mthembu set up for big­ger things

Fight­ing Dlamini brings him closer to SA ti­tle crack

Sowetan - - Sport - By Bon­gani Ma­gasela

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

/ NICK LOURENS

SA wel­ter­weight cham­pion Shaun Ness and Ayanda Mthembu dur­ing their pre­vi­ous bout.

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