‘Matlala’Komani sets his eyes to the title

2017-05-25 06:00
Komani will fight for SA title

Komani will fight for SA title

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Dalisizwe “Matlala” Komani will challenge Thembelani Nxoshe for the South African Flyweight title fight on 28 May 2017 in Coetzenberg sports complex. Matlala as Komani is known by the Boxing lovers will try and walk the footsteps of Baby Jake Matlala whom once held the same title back in 1989. The fight against Thembelani Nxoshe will not be an easy one as the pair seems to be perfectly matched in terms of their records. Both pugilists have tasted 5 loses, won 15 fights and have a Single draw. Everything including a number of rounds boxed and knockout power seems to be slightly similar.

Dalisizwe Komani has not been the luckiest fighter in the division as he has come short of a world title before when he lost a split decision against Mfundo Gwayana in OR Tambo sports complex. Many of the guys he has faced went on to be world champions and we can mention names such as Magwaca, Budler, and Joyi. Mzoli tempi is a well-respected promoter in the industry and it is an open secret that he would not invest on a Boxer that he does not trust. While speaking to Zibonele FM tempi said that “we have given almost everything that Nxoshe’s handlers demanded in order to make sure that Komani fights in front of his home crowd”. The promoter also made it clear that Matlala winning this title mean livelihood to too many other up and coming boxers as it will mean he will have to defend in his Cape Town crowd.

This title bout will be a curtain raiser of a much talked about Xolisani Ndongeni’s first visit of Cape Town. Boxing fanatics will be travelling from all corners of this country to watch Nomeva fight for the first time in Cape Town and for the first time in South Africa since he launched his career under an American promoter. It is the same American promoter that leased Nomeva to Lizani events so that he can stay active. Ndongeni last fought in South Africa back in April 2016 won a 1st round knockout against a Tanzanian’s Emilio Norfat. If Nomeva’s performance is anything to go by it will mean boxing fans will be in for one of the shortest nights of Boxing. Nomeva was quoted in his gym’s media YouTube channel as saying “I like to make it short with my friends from neighbouring countries. I make sure that I put them in their places as earlier than I am expected”. He was referring to the fact that fans must expect an early night. If he wins this particular fight his record will be 23 fights with 23 wins.

The tournament will be hosted by Mzoli Tempi’s Lizani events. This will be the first professional tournament to take place in the Stellenbosch area thanks to the Western Cape department of Sports and Recreation. The political landscape in the Inner City makes it very difficult to host a tournament in the inner city as promotional companies have to rely on sponsorships to host events as the one on 28 May.

The tournament will start at 13h00 and the doors will open at 12h00. There are also other 5 bouts on the under card that will feature local Boxers against other boxers from all around the country. The most anticipated fight of the evening will see Samuel “Tyson” Essau exchange leather against Mtsepua Mthembu of Atlantis. Mthembu is a man that has never seen the bell of the end of the fight in his whole career. All his 4 of his fights ended in knockouts, with him being knocked twice while he also knocked his foes twice too.

Other bouts: 4 rounds Cruiserweight Ben Hipkin (Somerset West) vs Mfundo Wongo (Khayelitsha), 4 rounds Strawweight Mzolisi Mthalane (CTN) vs Zusiphe Timakhwe (Atlantis), 4 rounds Jr flyweight Phumlani Mcanda (CTN) vs Onke Khanzi (NW), 4 rounds Bantamweight Lazola Jikazana (CTN) vs Sibusiso Mvetshane (NW). Weigh in id on Saturday at 11h00 am at OR Tambo Sports Complex.

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