By Ron Jackson
Xola Sifama from East London and Anele Makhwelo of Cape Town meet for the vacant South African flyweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. The title became vacant when Moruti Mthalane vacated it after winning the IBF flyweight belt in November last year. Makhwelo (9-0, 4 KOs) made his pro debut in April 2007 with a points win over Khanyisa Zintsi and was most impressive last year in scoring wins over Mululeki Jola (tko 6), Patson Munyaro (pts 6) and Smangaliso Madonsela (ko 2). Mifama (7-2-1, 4 KOs) will be having his second crack at trying to win the national flyweight title. In June 2007 he was stopped in the fifth round by Morurti Mthalane.
Since the defeat by Mthalane he has only had two fights, a win over Xolile Ngemtu (tko 6) in June 2008 and a six round draw against Mkholisi Bhonxa in March 2009.
Sifama fights out of the same camp as former IBF junior lightweight champion Mzonke Fana and is trained by the well known Zola Koti.
On the same card Mkholisi Bhonxa of Duncan Village defends his Eastern Cape flyweight title against Xolisa Dudu from Mdantsane.
The tournament is promoted by Siphatho Handi of Mamli Promotions.
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Meanwhile it has been reported that unbeaten 19-year-old heavyweight prospect Johnny Muller has left trainer Peet Bothma a former South African lightweight champion and joined Harold Volbrecht. He will be managed by Brian Mitchell and fight under the Golden Gloves Promotions banner.
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South African junior lightweight champion Sipho Taliwe 14-2; 13 makes the first defence of his title against the unbeaten Warren Joubert 16-0; 10 on Reggie Hilmer’s Future Promotions tournament on April 23 at the Wembley Indoor Arena, Johannesburg.
On the same bill Michael van Heerden 7-0; 5 meets Kenneth Mhlongo 5-0; 4 for the Gauteng junior middleweight title over ten rounds.