‘Paradero a perfect match to test Makhoba’

Vacant WBF title up for grabs as the two meet on Dec 3

- By Bongani Magasela

WBF internatio­nal junior bantamweig­ht boxing champion Gcina Makhoba must make use of an opportunit­y he has been given by promoter Hlula Dladla to take his career to another level.

Dladla’s Hle-Jobe Promotions has already been granted permission by both the WBF and Boxing SA to stage the WBF junior bantamweig­ht vacant title fight between Makhoba and Roberto “Ingqo” Paradero at City College Hall in Dundee, KwaZulu-Natal, in December 3.

“We are doing everything in our power to stamp the authority as the mine that produces champions while trying to put to an end the exodus of our fighters to other provinces in search of greener pastures,” said Dladla.

Makhoba, 24, fought his first pro fight in 2017 and he won the WBF “B” grade belt three years later. Makhoba – who stopped Musawenkos­i Ndwadwe in their first fight in 2019 – proved that his previous wins against the same boxer were not a fluke. He stopped him in two rounds of their trilogy staged by Mvelo Boxing Promotions at City Hall, Maritzburg, on October 2.

That was Makhoba’s second defence of his internatio­nal title and his third stoppage in eight wins against a loss.

Dladla said: “I know that the Filipino I am bringing here for him is not a pushover but I think this is a perfect match to gauge Makhoba.”

Paradero, 26, failed twice previously to win the WBA Super minimum belt last year. He has 18 wins in 22 fights.

Other fighters to look out for are Nkosingiph­ile Sibisi from Glencoe and Braam Sibisi (the two boxers are not related) from Dundee.

“I have high hopes on these boys; they possess such wonderful skills which lead their thinking; whatever they do is well coordinate­d,” said Dladla, whose nine-bout card will begin at 12


 ?? / SUPPLIED ?? Gcina Makhoba will be in action in December 3.
/ SUPPLIED Gcina Makhoba will be in action in December 3.

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