Khonco mak­ing all the right moves in the ring

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - GIVEN HIS per­pet­ual ex­cel­lence, it may be easy to merely over­look Simphiwe Khonco, who de­fends his IBO min­i­mum weight belt at Em­per­ors Palace next week­end. The man they call “Chain Re­ac­tion” sel­dom gar­ners head­lines, but he is one of South Africa’s best

in­ter­na­tion­ally for sev­eral years.

Mean­while, the cham­pion is on song as he winds down his prepa­ra­tion. Trainer Colin Nathan is sat­is­fied with his form, con­ced­ing that Dante has a great chin and is likely to be dif­fi­cult to beat.

“He’s a tough guy. I ex­pect 12 rounds of good, hard box­ing, but Khonco will box his nose off. He’ll be too good, too re­fined.”

Khonco, to be sure, is a boxer in the clas­si­cal sense. Those with a yen for the finer arts are bound to en­joy what they see. – ANA

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