By Ron Jackson
Mikey Schultz faces the toughest test of his boxing career when meets Tineyi Maridzo from Zimbabwe in a return match for the WBO Africa super middleweight title at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Thursday night. On November 20 last year Schultz 15-1; 10 was stopped in 86 seconds by the underdog Maridzo 4-6; 3 in a match for the interim title. Maridzo has since been elevated to full WBO Africa super-middleweight champion status and will now be making his first defense.
Since his disastrous loss to Maridzo, Schultz has beaten Goodman Dywili in East London on March 26 this year when he scored a third round stoppage.
Maridzo is in fine condition and one must question Schultz taking on the fight so soon after a bout of bronchitis, and should the contest go into the later rounds he could be in trouble.
The champion will go into the fight with the psychological advantage knowing that he scored a comprehensive stoppage in their first fight.
On the undercard former South African light heavyweight champion Daniel Bruwer who will be having his first fight since August 16, 2008 due to contractual problems, when faces Sean Santana over eight rounds at the junior heavyweight limit.
Even though Bruwer 21-1-1; 17 has been out for 22 months this is a complete mismatch as the comparative novice Santana who has a reported record of 4-5; 3 has been stopped inside the distance in four of his last five fights and has not fought at the same level as Bruwer.
Junior middleweight, 6 rounds: Michael van Heerden v Michael Sangweni
Lightweight, 4 rounds: Jared Silverman v Emmanuel Ndou
Junior middleweight, 6 rounds: Welcome Ntshingila v Pius Dipheko
Light-heavyweight: 4 rounds: Ryno Liebenberg v Caster Ndou.
The tournament is promoted by Pat Molefe in conjunction with Neotel Africa.