By Ron Jackson
In clash of former South African junior lightweight champions Godfrey Nzimande meets Sipho Taliwe in return match in the lightweight class at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. The 32-year-old Nzimande who was born in Phalaborwa made his professional debut in April 2001 and has racked up a record of 23-5-3, 15.
After remaining unbeaten in his first ten fights he was stopped in the second round by Willie Mabasa in August 2003. He then went on another unbeaten streak of ten before capturing the vacant South African junior lightweight title on June 29 2007 with a tenth round stoppage win over Mpumelo Mbedle.
However, in his next fight he was stopped in the eighth round by Zolani Marali when challenging for the World Boxng Foundation junior lightweight belt and then lost his South African title to Jasper Seroke. Since that setback he fought to a draw with Taliwe in July 2010 and regained the SA junior lightweight with a fifth round stoppage win over Thanduxolo Gatyeni.
After making a successful defence against Ayanda Yaphi he only had one fight in November 2011 a loss against Dejan Zlaticanin of Montenegro for the vacant WBC International lightweight title.
He was then inactive for 17 months before losing the SA junior lightweight title to Xolisani Ndongeni in April this year.
Taliwe, 32, from Aliwal North in the Cape made his pro debut in June 2004 and won the SA junior lightweight title on November 6 2009 when he outpointed Jasper Seroka over 12 rounds.
After making successful defences against Warren Joubert (tko 4) and Nzimande (draw 12) he captured the vacant WBC International super featherweight title with a points victory over Vinvin Rufino from the Philippines and then relinquished the SA title.
Taliwe retained the WBC title with victories over Rufino, Jasper Seroka, Joey Stiglingh and Mzonke Fana before losing the belt to Matt Garlett in Melbourne, Australia on May 16 this year to take his record to 20-3-1; 14.
The tournament is promoted by Pat Molefe of Rainbow Promotions.