‘Turbo’ recharg­ing for Joyi

Trainer Pail­man tak­ing no chances

Sunday World - - Sport - By Bongani Ma­gasela

Gaut­eng box­ing trainer Bernie Pail­man has pride – such a deep feel­ing of plea­sure due to his own per­sonal achieve­ments – that it gets bat­tered when his box­ers lose their matches.

Pail­man, whose West­side Box­ing Academy is si­t­u­ated in West­bury, still finds it dif­fi­cult to deal with the fourth round stop­page de­feat of his charge Mal­colm Klassen by Azinga Fuzile at East Lon­don’s Ori­ent The­atre on Oc­to­ber 21.

The for­mer SA feath­er­weight, IBF, IBO and WBF ju­nior lightweight cham­pion was ex­pected to be too smart and ex­pe­ri­enced for a new­comer with only 11 fights. But Klassen, who had fought 294 rounds in 44 fights, 14 cham­pi­onships bouts, with 18 knock­outs in 39 wins and two draws, gave up in the fourth round.

Pail­man re­turns to the same venue where Mpho “Turbo” Se­foro faces Nkosi­nathi “Mabere” Joyi for a WBO Africa ju­nior fly­weight va­cant ti­tle.

The up­com­ing bout also pits a boxer still wet be­hind his ears against a veteran. Se­foro, who holds the Gaut­eng and WBF Africa belts, has only eight fights. The young­ster from Kag­iso is un­de­feated with seven wins and a draw.

Joyi is a for­mer SA, IBO and IBF mini fly­weight ti­tlist with 18 knock­outs in 26 wins against five losses. He has been in 21 cham­pi­onship fights.

Pail­man and Se­foro are al­ready in the gym for the fight to be staged by Xaba Pro­mo­tions and Events on De­cem­ber 7.

“I want to leave no stone un­turned,” said Pail­man. “You don’t know how hard it is when your boxer losses, es­pe­cially a fight he could have won. I don’t want to take Joyi for granted sim­ply be­cause he is 35 years old and has been in­ac­tive for over a year. The fact is he’s ex­pe­ri­enced, which he will use to the best of his abil­i­ties.

“But Mpho will prove that de­feat­ing ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­nents such as Luyanda Nk­wankwa and Tha­bang Ra­m­agole was no fluke. It will be a big step up for him and I have no doubt he has got all the nec­es­sary ar­moury to win.”

Se­foro has had only two cham­pi­onship bouts – a 10rounder for the Gaut­eng ti­tle against Ra­m­agole and a 12rounder for the WBF Africa strap against Nk­wankwa.

Mean­while, Se­foro said: “Peo­ple must not read too much in fight records. My hard work will do the talk­ing in the ring. I am not scared of Joyi. I don’t think he still has legs to carry him for 12 rounds. It’s my time.”

That was sweet mu­sic to Pail­man’s ears. “That is the at­ti­tude, my boy,” said Pail­man, in his part­ing shot.

Mpho ‘Turbo’ Se­foro and trainer Bernie Pail­man hard at work for the boxer’s up­com­ing fight against Nkosi­nathi “Mabere” Joyi in De­cem­ber.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.