By Ron Jackson
In an anticipated war David Kitooke and Isaac Chilembe meet for the vacant WBO Africa light heavyweight title at the Graceland Casino in Secunda on Saturday night on a Golden Gloves Promotion. This is a return match and Kitooke 10-1-1; 9 from Uganda is intent on avenging the only loss on his record. Chilembe 12-1; 8 of Malawi won on a eighth round technical knockout in April last year when the fight was stopped due to a bad gash over the eye of Kitooke. That fight was at super middleweight and both fighters who have now moved into the light heavyweight division also have new trainers.
Kitooke has now joined Harold Volbrect one of the most experienced trainers in the country and Chilembe has left his long time trainer Nick Durandt and joined Colin Nathan.
Chilembe who is based in South Africa made his pro debut in October 2005 with a second round stoppage win over Thamsanqa Tindeleni and then won his next seven fights before losing on points to Wilbeforce Shihepo in July 2007.
However, four months later he beat Shihepo on points in a return match.
In 2008 he beat Kitooke and stopped Chamunorwa before outpointing Charles Adamu in September to win the vacant African Boxing Union super middleweight title.
Kitooke made his pro debut in Kamapala, Uganda in June 2004 when he fought to a draw with Charles Kakande.
He then won seven in a row before moving to Kenya in 2007 where he beat Lucas Omondi and Ken Oyolo both inside the distance.
After these two victories he based himself in South Africa and in 2008 stopped Terry Ngubane in one round and in his most recent fight he lost on a technical knockout to Chilembe.
Both fighters have good chins and this is a fight that could go either way.
On the undercard former Olympian Jackson Chauke hopes to continue his unbeaten run in the professional ranks when he meets Sipho Nkadimeng in a flyweight contest over six rounds and in a lightweight contest Grant Fourie returns to action after his recent illness when he faces Danile Bothma in a scheduled eight.
Other fights on the bill are Junior flyweight: Ronald Parks v Charrity Mukondeleli, 4 rounds; Featherweight: Vusimuzi Manyoni v Joey Stiglingh, 4 rounds; Featherweight: Sabelo Nokhele v Ashley Dlamini, 6 rounds.