By Ron Jackson
Jasper Seroka makes the first defence of his South African junior lightweight title when he faces the inexperienced Wandile Mseleku at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. Mseleku from KwaZulu Natal is a comparative novice with a reported record of seven fights and is ranked at number ten in the most recent Boxing SA rankings.
However, Boxrec only list five fights, wins over Jatoorora Tjingaveta and Luyando Jako in 2008 draws against Brian Hlophe and Sihle Biyela and a points loss to Tommy Nakashimba.
The 27-year-old Seroka (19-1, 8 KOs) who also holds the African Boxing Union super featherweight title is vastly more experienced than the challenger.
Seroka from the Limpopo province made his pro debut in April 2002 with a stoppage win over Kenneth Denga.
He then racked up seven wins before suffering the only loss on his record when he was outpointed by Malcolm Klassen over six rounds on June 25, 2003. Klassen would go on to win the South Africa featherweight title and IBF junior lightweight belt.
After this setback Seroka scored wins over Tally Disloane, Boy Boy Dlamini, Abram Lubisi, Lawrence Nenungwi, Gabriel Phakula, Peter Admas, Sipho Taliwe, Patrick Masango and Anthony Tshehla before outpointing Gabriel Phakula over 12 rounds in a clash for the vacant African Boxing Union super featherweight title.
In October last year he won the South African junior lightweight title when he outpointed Godfrey Nzimande.
One must question the wisdom of Boxing SA sanctioning this fight and a win by Mseleku would be a major upset.
Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has announced the following undercard: Welterweight, 6 rounds: Mtobisi Buthelezi v Tumelo Mabushe; Lightweight, 4 rounds; Kyle Bothma v Lucky Makhubela; Junior bantamweight, Nkosinathi Ximba v Lwazi Phakathi; Junior bantamweight, Jason Kinnear v Mandla Toli.
Meanwhile promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced his bill for the tournament to be held at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on March 21.
In the main event Zolani Marali a former South African, IBO and WBF champion faces Fahsai Sakkreerin from Thailand for the vacant IBO junior lightweight belt.
Junior flyweight Hekkie Budler and Charity Mukondeleli clash over 12 rounds for the vacant IBO All Africa title and Thamsanqa Dube fom Zimbabwe meets Jake Els for the vacant WBA Pan African heavyweight title.
Prospect of the year Jared Lovett meets his first international opponent Anon Donpradit from Thailand over eight rounds in a junior heavyweight contest.
Donpardit is listed as Anont Donpradith on Boxrec but Shona MacTaggert of Golden Gloves Promotions advises that his names are Anon Donpradit in terms of his passport.
Former Olympian Jackson Chauke meets Peter Phelane over four rounds in a flyweight contest and in another four rounder at junior lightweight Octavius Mbira faces Sibusiso Khumalo.