By Ron Jackson
Veteran Irvin Buhlalau will be a tough test for the rising young star Paul Kamanga when the meet over six rounds in a light welterweight bout at the Orlando Communal Hall in Soweto south of Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon. The 20-year-old Kamanga from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who is now based in Johannesburg and trained by former fighter Anton Gilmore made his pro debut on July 9 2012. He has been most impressive in racking up an unbeaten record of nine wins with six coming inside the distance.
Buhlalu, 39, from Durban was an outstanding amateur representing South African at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and 1996 Olympics and as a professional won the South African and All Africa lightweight titles. However, he has only had four fights since August 2009 and in December last year was only a shell of his former self when he was badly beaten and stopped in seven rounds by Thompson Mokwana when challenging the South African lightweight title.
On the undercard Sean Ness meets Vusi Dladla in a welterweight bout scheduled for six rounds. There are also five other bouts on the undercard and the tournament is backed by Golden Gloves Promotions.