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Malinga to defend SA title

By Ron Jackson

Patrick Malinga makes the second defense of his South African lightweight title when he meets Vusumzi Tyatyeka in Lenasia on Friday night. The 32-year-old Malinga won the SA title in August 2008 when he scored a twelfth round technical knockout over Amon Baloyi.

In February 2009 he stopped Romeo Jakosalem from the Philippines in the fourth round and then in May made a successful defence of his SA title when he defeated Mzolisi Yoyo inside two rounds.

Tyatyeka who is from the Western Cape but has been based in Gauteng for the past three years scored an impressive second round stoppage win over Joseph Modise in April this year in his most recent fight.

In 2008 he had inside the distance wins over Nicholas Modibeng and Schoeman Sindane.

The experienced Malinga who made his pro debut in April 1997 must be the favourite against the inexperienced challenger who has a record on 5-0; 4 in terms of Boxrec.

Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has announced his final bill for the September 25 tournament to be held at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg.

In the main bout Takalani Ndlovu 29-5; 18 and Kiko Martinez 20-2; 15 from Spain meet over 12 rounds in an IBF junior lightweight title eliminator and in the main supporting bout Vusi Malinga 18-3-1; 11 comes up against Fadhili Majia 7-0; 3 of Tanzania in a clash for the vacant WBO Africa bantamweight title.

Zolani Tete 11-0, 10 meets Juma Fundi 12-2; 5 from Tanzania for the vacant WBO Africa flyweight title.
In an international junior heavyweight fight scheduled for ten rounds Daniel Bruwer 21-1-1; 17 faces Alex Mbaya 10-2; 7 from the DRC.

Fighting at super middleweight Michael Schultz, 34, who retired in 1998 with a record of 12 wins (7 KOs) and two draws, returns to the ring in a scheduled six rounder against Oupa Mahlangu 3-8

Meanwhile next Thursday (September 17) South African junior welterweight champion Kaizer Mabuza 21-6-3; 13 travels to Dnepropetrovsk in the Ukraine to challenge Sergey Fedchenko 23-0; 11 for his IBF Intercontinental junior welterweight title at the Meteor Palace of Sports.




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