Boxing: African trio brace for Triple Thunder

2013-08-25 14:00

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Losing is not an option for fighters seeking redemption.

Three World Boxing Council (WBC) belts up for contention, and three Africans against three overseas opponents.

This will be the order of the Triple Thunder fight night on Saturday at The Palace of Dreams in Kempton Park.

The spotlight will be on DRC-born WBC cruiserweight silver belt champion Ilunga “Jr” Makabu, who will be staging his first title defence against a tricky American opponent in Eric Fields.

The bill, characterised by heavy men, will see undefeated International Boxing Organisation intercontinental light-heavyweight champion Ryno Liebenberg collide with Argentinian Gabriel Ramirez in pursuit of the vacant WBC international silver light-heavyweight title.

Nkosinathi “Mabhere” Joyi will get an opportunity to redeem himself against 22-year-old Benezer Alolod from the Philippines.

Makabu will have to dig deep to beat Fields, given the latter’s experience.

He has 23 fights without a single blemish.

The American’s downfall may be that he’s never fought 12 rounds and Makabu’s high work and KO rate will be a challenge.

Should the fight go beyond eight rounds, it will probably favour Jr.

This will be Field’s first bout outside his motherland and besides his opponent, he will also have to contend with a hostile crowd.

Joyi’s scrap against Alolod will be a “now-or-never” affair since his loss to Hekkie Budler.

The former two-time minimum-weight world champion shouldn’t have any trouble demolishing the Filipino, who has won 12 (two by KO), lost four and had four draws in 20 fights.

The East London-based boxer has to work on his pace, which was badly exposed by Budler on June 15, resulting in his second career loss in 26 tussles.

Liebenberg, a hard worker of note, should also cruise against Ramirez. But in an unpredictable sport like boxing, the Argentinian may just cause an upset.

After losing against Liebenberg in June, Johnny Muller finds himself challenging for the SA light-heavyweight title against Tshepang Mohale, who himself goes into this contest disgraced after his embarrassing loss to Matty Clarkson in March.

The fight night promises to be an action-packed affair, and it’s not every day that you get to see three WBC fights on African soil.

Losing is not an option for local fighters – they have to double their efforts for redemption in this dog eat dog sport.

And a single trouncing has marked the beginning of the end for many a pugilist.

Boxing: African trio brace for Triple Thunder

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