By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Patrick Malinga and Maliki Kinyogoli of Tanzania meet in an international lightweight clash over ten rounds at the Nirvana Secondary School in Lenasia near Johannesburg on a Future Boxing Promotions tournament on Friday night. The show was originally set to take place at the Finetown Multipurpose Centre but the lighting was found to be inadequate for television purposes.
Malinga 24-6-2; 21 will be having his third fight since winning the vacant South African lightweight title in August last year in a brutal fight with Amon Baloyi. In 2009 he has scored inside the distance wins over Romeo Jakosalem (Philippines) and Mzolisi Yoyo in defence of his SA title.
Kinyogoli has a reported record of 11-4; 6 and in February this year won a title named Tanzania, Pugilistic Syndicate of light welterweight when he stopped Deo Njikiu in Morogoro, Tanzania.
However, in March 2008 he was stopped in the sixth round by Mkwanda Matumla when challenging for the same title and in November he lost a six round points decision to Habib Allahverdiev in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Unless Kinyogoli produces something special one must expect another inside the distance win for the 31-year-old Malinga.
On the undercard Cleutus Mbele and Klaas Mboyane meet over ten rounds for the vacant Gauteng bantamweight title and Sean Santana faces Congolese Ilunga Makabu in a junior heavyweight bout scheduled for six rounds.