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Mthalane-Miranda for IBF belt

By Ron Jackson

At a press conference held in Johannesburg on Tuesday Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions presented his final bill for the bumper tournament to be held at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. In the main event, South African flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane (23-2, 16 KOs) meets the experienced Mexican Julio Cesar Miranda (30-4-1, 23 KOs) in a fight for the vacant IBF flyweight belt.

This will be Mthalane’s second challenge for the IBF flyweight belt. In November last year he was well on top against Nonito Donaire when the fight was stopped in the sixth round because of a cut on his eyelid.

A supremely confident Mthalane said there would be no mishaps this time and he was determined to take the belt.

However, he has a tough opponent in Miranda who has won 22 of his last 23 fights with his only loss being against the 75 fight veteran Pongsaklek Wongjongkam when challenging for the WBC flyweight belt in April this year.

Zolani Tete (11-0; 10) returns to action after a long layoff when he faces Tanzanian Anthony Matthias (24-13-2; 12) for the vacant WBO Africa flyweight title.

Should Tete win this fight his manager Butityi Konki mentioned that he would like to take him on to a challenge for the WBO flyweight title.

Nick Durandt immediately replied that Mthalane would accept a challenge from Tate irrespective after he has won the IBF belt. This would be a real grudge match as Tete has only recently walked away from the Durandt stable.

Michael Schultz (14-2; 9) and Tineyo Maridzo (7-4) from Zimbabwe will fight for the WBO Africa interim super middleweight crown.

A confident South African bantamweight champion Klaas Mboyane (12-7-2; 7) who is now trained by Gert Strydom hopes to once again stop challenger Cleutus Mbhele (12-9-1).

Their non title bout in July this year ended in controversy after Mbhele was knocked out in the fourth round. Immediately after the stoppage it was discovered that Mboyane had eight ounce gloves and Mbhele’s gloves were ten ounce.

Jeffrey Mathebula (26-2-2; 12) takes on Tanzanian Rashid Ally (13-12-8; 2) in a six round junior featherweight bout.




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