By Ron Jackson
Takalani Ndlovu from Gauteng moves up two divisions when he meets Mzonke Fana of Khayelitsha for the vacant WBA Pan African junior lightweight title at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre on Saturday afternoon. In his most recent fight in March this year a weight drained Ndlovu lost on points to Jeffrey Mathebula in an IBF junior featherweight eliminator. The 35-year-old Ndlovu who has a record of 33-9, 18 KOs and has been fighting as a pro for 14 years has held the South African, IBO and World Boxing Federation featherweight and IBO and IBF junior featherweight titles.
Fana is also an experienced fighter and in a 19 year career has won the South African, WBC International and IBF junior lightweight titles. He has a record of 31-6, 13 KOs. The 39-year-old Fana will only be having his fourth fight since September 2010 and is coming off losses against Sipho Taliwe (pts 12) and Paulus Moses (tko 4)
There are also three South African title fights on the bill with Balemo Weliya from Mdantsane defending his South African super middleweight title against number two ranked Masixole Botile of Port Elizabeth.
Siviwe Hasheni (Mdantsane) and Lwandile Gugushe (Cape Town) meet in a bout for the vacant South African junior featherweight title.
In a woman’s bout Noxolo Makanavu and Nozwelethu Mathontsi clash over ten rounds for the vacant SA flyweight title.
Also on the bill is a ten round junior featherweight bout between Tshifhiwa Munyai from Venda against Phumzile Matyila of Mdantsane.
The tournament is presented Siphato Handi and the Eastern Cape Government.