Boxing ‘bad boy’ gets a rematch

2010-06-22 21:54

Boxing’s controversial Mikey Schultz will on July 1 return to the

scene of his last nightmare, Wembley Arena in Johannesburg, for the WBO Africa

Super Middleweight title rematch against Zimbabwean pugilist Tineyi

Maridzo.

Schultz, who was last year beaten in 87 seconds of the first round

by the same opponent, says he wants to “set the record straight”. He insists

that Maridzo “got lucky the first time around,” adding that this time it’s going

to be a different fight.

Schultz says he may have been overconfident going into the last

fight, and was “caught stupidly,” which won’t happen again. Maridzo is

the current champion.

Schultz, the 35-year-old boxer who fights out of flamboyant trainer

Nick Durandt’s stable, is a state witness in the Brett Kebble murder trial which

is expected to resume on July 26. The man accused of killing mining magnate Kebble was granted immunity from prosecution for cooperating with state

prosecution.

However, the boxer says the spectre of the trial is not a factor in

his mind going into this fight. “I’ve blocked it all out… and the fight is my

priority.”

Schultz contended that he was “focused and I’ll deal with the trial

after I’ve beaten Maridzo”.

The fight, dubbed “The Rematch” will take place on Thursday, July

1.

The other bouts billed on the night include:

» Daniel Bruwer vs. Sean

Santana in an 8-round Junior Heavyweight fight

» Michael van Heerden vs.

Michael Sangweni in a 6-round Junior Middleweight fight

» Jarred Silverman vs. Emanuel

Ndou in a 4-round Lightweight fight

» Welcome Ntshingila vs. Pius

Dipheko in a 6-round Junior Middleweight fight

» Ryno Liebenberg vs. Caster

Ndou in a 4-round Light Heavyweight fight

 

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