No hype as Fuzile eyes aClass act

Poor fighters have not set tongues wag­ging about their abil­ity to com­pete

Daily Dispatch - - Boxing Mecca - MESULI ZIFO

After the mes­meris­ing win over Mal­colm Klassen al­most every­one agrees that Azinga Fuzile de­serves a “gimme fight”.

“Gimme fights” are bouts con­sid­ered to be fea­tur­ing a softer op­po­nent to pro­vide a boxer with some ac­tion to keep him rust-free with­out a risk of los­ing.

That is how Tan­za­nian Ibrahim Class is be­ing viewed ahead of his IBF Africa ju­nior light­weight ti­tle chal­lenge to the un­beaten Dun­can Vil­lage star.

This time there is no buzz as it was the case lead­ing to the Klassen bout in Oc­to­ber.

Klassen had badly beaten up lo­cal box­ers and was com­ing with a big rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing a two-time IBF cham­pion, a ti­tle he lost to Amer­i­can Robert Guer­erro.

Guer­erro would use the win to po­si­tion him­self for a Floyd May­weather sweep­stakes.

That Fuzile only needed four rounds to force Klassen to quit was a ma­jor feat in his young pro­fes­sional ca­reer.

But with the visit of Class, ex­cite­ment is rather mooted al­though just watch­ing the lefthanded artist ply his trade will be sat­is­fy­ing enough.

Tan­za­nian box­ers have gen­er­ally not fared well in the coun­try to put it mildly.

Bluntly speak­ing, they have been woe­ful, some fall­ing hard after only catch­ing the wind of the blow.

From Fran­cisco Miyeyusho, who was eas­ily blown away by Zolani Tete’s weak jab, to Sele­mani Ban­gaiza, who re­acted sim­i­larly against Zolani’s brother Maka­zole, as well as Emilio Nor­fat, who eas­ily folded against Xolisani Ndon­geni.

The gen­eral feel­ing is that Tan­za­nian box­ers are bums who should be banned from fight­ing in this coun­try as they of­fer noth­ing to test lo­cal stars.

But Class comes with some sort of cre­den­tials. He can claim to be a world cham­pion as he holds the lit­tle recog­nised Global Box­ing Coun­cil World Su­per Feath­er­weight ti­tle from when he beat SA boxer Koos Sibiya, who had no busi­ness be­ing ap­proved to fight for the ti­tle in the first place.

Re­fresh­ingly, Class has also fought abroad with com­mend­able re­sults and there­fore he will not be over­awed by the deaf­en­ing noise of the lo­cal spec­ta­tors as his com­pa­tri­ots seemed to be when they were ac­costed by the par­ti­san Ori­ent The­atre crowd.

In fact Fuzile’s man­ager Colin Nathan feels Class will test his charge.

“He is not too bad if you scru­ti­nise his fight record,” said Nathan.

“He has fought in his op­po­nents’ back­yards, such as in Panama, Eng­land, you name them, and came back with a vic­tory.”

But it would be an upset of the uni­verse if Class man­ages to com­pete against Fuzile, let alone beat him.

The fight can just be con­sid­ered a nice Christ­mas pay­day for Fuzile be­fore he ac­cel­er­ate his pur­suit of world hon­ours next year.

Tan­za­nian box­ers are con­sid­ers bums who should not be fight­ing in SA

COLIN NATHAN

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