By Ron Jackson
Cassius Baloyi returns to action for the first time since April this year when he faces Roberto Arrieta of Argentina on Friday night at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on a Branco Sports Productions bill. Baloyi ranked at number five and Arrieta at number thirteen will be fighting in an IBF junior lightweight title eliminator to meet the winner between Mzonke Fana and the champion Robert Guerrero. Baloyi (36-4-1, 19 KOs) who will be 35-years-old on November 5 will be hoping to get his career back on track after losing his IBF belt on a seventh round stoppage against Malcolm Klassen, who was subsequently dethroned by Guerrero.
The 33-year-old Arrieta (34-14-4; 16) is an experienced campaigner who will be making his second visit to South Africa. In December 2006 he lost on points against Mzonke Fana.
Baloyi who has won six world title belts joined trainer Manny Fernandes after his loss to Klassen, who is confident that Baloyi still has enough left to once again challenge for the IBF belt.
In 2009 Arrieta has scored inside the distance wins over Matias Daniel Ferreya and Abraham Valdez
Neither fighter is known as a power puncher but one must favour Baloyi to take the decision.
The referee will be Patrick Russell (USA) and the judges are David Parris (England), Isaac Tshabalala (SA), Wally Snowball (S.A).
On the undercard former South African and WBF junior featherweight champion Oscar Chauke (24-5-2; 7) faces Hussein Pazzi (18-9-1; 8) from Tanzania over eight rounds and Michael van Heerden (6-1-1; 4) meets Theophilus Mpakane (8-4-3) in a clash for the vacant Gauteng junior middleweight title.
Other bouts, Super middleweight, 6 rounds: Michael Shultz v Samuel Mathebula; Bantamweight, 6 rounds: Jason Kinnear v Albert Mudau; Lightweight, 4 rounds: Zola Thunyawa v Emauel Ndou; Junior middleweight, 4 rounds: Bongani Mlotshawa v Sello Sebothoma.
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