By Ron Jackson
South African junior middleweight champion Tshepo Mashego meets Karama Nyilawila of Tanzania in an International ten round fight at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Friday night. The tournament is promoted by Paul Tshehla of Mpumalanga Promotions. The 30-year-old Mashego was in outstanding form in June this year when he outpointed Vincent Vuma to regain the SA junior middleweight title. Mashego (17-9, 9 KOs) is a better fighter than his record suggests and is an experienced campaigner who has been in with quality fighters like Felix Sturm, William Gare, Arsen Khachatrian and Jamie Pittman. Nyilawila who has a reported record of (10-5-1, 6 KOs) is a bit of an unknown quantity and has only fought outside his home country on one occasion and that was in August 2008 when Mohammed Akrong stopped him in the ninth round in a fight for the vacant African Boxing Union middleweight title.
In 2009 he beat Robert Mross, Hussein Chiwa and in his last fight in April he outpointed Mada Maugo for the Tanzania African Boxing Commission middleweight title. He had lost to the only recognized opponents on his record Rashid Matumla (twice) and Hassan Matumla.
The South African should be too experienced for the 25-year-old Nyilawila.
In the main supporting bout Patrick Masango and Sifiso Msibi meet over ten rounds for the vacant Mpumalanga junior lightweight title.
Other bouts on the card are Junior middleweight, 8 rounds: Page Tshesane vs Malibongwe Ndzube; bantamweight, 6 rounds: Lwazi Mzolisi vs Thami Mbonani; middleweight, 6 rounds: Emmanuel Duma vs Khampathe Mpambanyeni; light heavyweight, 4 rounds: Shaun Goodall vs Vincent Mulaudzi; junior heavyweight: 4 rounds: Khayeni Hlongwe vs Ben Moakamela.
Promoter Ntsika Sigcau of Isizwe Promotions presents a tournament at Komgha in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.
In the main event Mbuyiseli Besta defends his Eastern Cape featherweight title against Zukile Bangani.
On the undercard middleweights Mthokozisi Malinga and Sakhile Zoya meet in a scheduled six.
In a six round featherweight contest former provincial champion Viwe Mdletyeni meets Sabelo Nokhele and junior bantamweight Ntobeko Duma faces Thembelani Mapuma over six rounds.
Other bouts are: Thandikhaya Varhile vs Loyiso Dayimani; Vusumzi Matyumza vs Mangaliso Dyantyi; Sizwe Yolo vs Siyamcela Mthwa; Unathi Mndwana vs Siyabonga Masiba.
Meanwhile Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced the full card for the tournament to be held at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on September 12.
In the main event Zolani Marali defends his IBO junior lightweight belt against Ji Hoon Kim from South Korea and Thomas Oosthuizen meets Cleber Alves of Brazil for the vacant IBO super middleweight youth title.
In a clash of unbeaten fighters Jason Bedeman faces Grant Fourie in a bout for the vacant IBO Africa junior lightweight title.
Other bouts: junior welterweight, 4 rounds: Herbert Nkabiti vs Johnny Koen; junior heavyweight, 10 rounds: Ruben Groenewald vs Ronnie Lategan.