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Three WBF fights in Bloemfontein!

By Ron Jackson

Blacky Seoe of Robs Promotions presents a bumper bill at the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre in Bloemfontein on Friday night with three WBF title fights, featuring William Gare, Mlungisi Dlamini and Bongani Mwelase plus four other bouts. William Gare (24-14, 4 KOs) makes the third defence of his WBF super middleweight belt against the 31-year-old Rigoberto Alavarez (22-0, 16 KOs) from Mexico. Alvarez won the Mexican middleweight title in May 2008 with a first round knockout over Roberto Tena and then in June of the same year he captured the super middleweight title when he knocked out Felipe Romero in the third round.

In 2009 Alvarez won the vacant WBC Fecarbox super middleweight title with a fourth round stoppage over Jose Humberto Corral and in his most recent fight in March this year he stopped Eduardo Ayala in six.

Gare, 34, will have to at his best to keep off the big punching Mexican for 12 rounds.

Mlungisi Dlamini (19-1, 12 KOs) who won the WBF lightweight belt in March 2007 when he stopped Ivan Orlando in the fifth round and has made successful defenses against Jairo Demoura Dos Santos, Diego Martin Alzugaray and Gairy St Clair faces a real live opponent in Francisco Lorenzo (33-5, 14 KOs) of the Dominican Republic.

The 37-year-old Lorenzo beat the highly regarded Humberto Soto on a fourth round disqualification in June last year in a fight for the interim WBC super featherweight title.

However, the WBC chose not to award the title to Lorenzo because of the controversial ending.

In a return match in December 2008 Soto outpointed Lorenzo to win the vacant WBC super featherweight belt.

Lorenzo has also been in with quality fighters like Cristobel Cruz and Nate Campbell and could extend the 27-year-old South African.

Bongani Mwelase (13-0, 12 KOs) the former SA and WBF welterweight champion moves up in weight to meet Attila Kovacs (25-3, 17 KOs) from Hungary for the vacant WBF junior middleweight belt.

The 35-year-old Kovacs who was beaten on a majority decision by Avtandil Khurtsidze in a clash for the WBA inter continental middleweight title has fought mostly out of his home country and has not met any name opponents.

However, this will be a true test for the 25-year-old South African as Kovacs has never been beaten inside the distance.

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