Fuzile in hunt for IBF crown

DV star to take on Tan­za­nia’s Class in Ori­ent Theatre show­down on Sun­day

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - MESULI ZIFO

Dun­can Vil­lage star Azinga Fuzile re­turns to the ring where he will take on Tan­za­nian Ibrahim Class for the IBF in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Junior light­weight ti­tle at the Ori­ent Theatre on Sun­day.

Fuzile makes the re­turn less than two months af­ter the big­gest win of his 12-fight pro­fes­sional ca­reer.

This was when he forced ring vet­eran and for­mer two time IBF junior light­weight cham­pion Mal­colm Klassen to quit in four rounds at the same venue in Oc­to­ber.

Rated ninth by the IBF, Fuzile is ex­pected to brush aside Class and march on to a world ti­tle shot next year.

“We want to keep Azinga ac­tive as we plot his as­sault at the big stage,” said the boxer’s man­ager, Colin Nathan.

Class comes with some sort of pedi­gree, be­ing a world cham­pion af­ter beat­ing SA’s Koos Sibiya for the non-re­garded Global Box­ing Coun­cil world junior light­weight ti­tle Novem­ber last year.

The 28-year-old is en­joy­ing an eight-fight win­ning streak since suf­fer­ing the last of his four losses in a re­match to Ger­man boxer Rapir Ra­sulov, who he had pre­vi­ously beaten.

De­spite com­ing with a rel­a­tively im­pres­sive re­sume, Class is not ex­pected to of­fer much re­sis­tance to the un­beaten 22-year-old Dun- can Vil­lage star.

The un­der­card will see Siphamandla Baleni vy­ing to re­gain his SA mini fly­weight crown from Xolisa Ma­gusha.

The bout has been mired in con­tro­versy af­ter top rated con­tender Ayanda Ndu­lani lodged an ap­peal for be­ing by­passed.

While Ma­gusha eas­ily de­throned Baleni in their first bout, this time the odds are stacked against him.

Since his win the left han­der has been bat­tling with the scales, los­ing his next two bouts against Ndu­lani and Dee­jay Kiel.

How­ever, his trainer, Ncedo Ce­cane, is con­fi­dent that the ti­tle will re­main at leg­endary Eyethu Box­ing Club, renowned for pro­duc­ing world cham­pi­ons such as Wel­come Ncita, Vuyani Bungu, Hawk Makepula, Zolani Petelo, to men­tion just a few.

The club also pro­duced a plethora of na­tional cham­pi­ons, al­though it has since gone through a bad patch, with its owner Mzi Mn­guni suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack that left him us­ing a wheel­chair.

But since Ce­cane took over the train­ing du­ties the club has been grad­u­ally re­turn­ing to its for­mer glory, with Ma­gusha joined by Phila Mpontshane as na­tional cham­pi­ons.

Since their first fight, Baleni has fought once, beat­ing Loyiso Ngantweni while Ma­gusha en­gaged in two bouts, swing­ing mat­ters in his favour re­gard­ing ac­tiv­ity.

Two lo­cal prospects, Luyanda Nt­wanambi and Sive Nontshinga, will be gun­ning for youth ti­tles in the fly­weight and junior fly­weight against Tan­za­nian foes.

Pic­ture: LEFTY SHIVAMBU/GALLO IM­AGES

OVER­JOYED: Azinga Fuzile, from Dun­can Vil­lage, will bat­tle with Tan­za­nia’s Ibrahim Class for the IBF in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal light­weight ti­tle at the Ori­ent on Sun­day .

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