Tornado Msimang challenges Rose of Khayelitsha

2016-10-12 06:00
Mzonke “Rose of Khayelitsha” Fana.

Mzonke “Rose of Khayelitsha” Fana.

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THE South African Lightweight title fight between champion Mzonke “The Rose of Khayelitsha” Fana of Cape Town and his challenger, Sanele “Tornado” Msimang, in Khayelitsha, Cape Town on 12 November could be regarded as a mismatch.

Two-time IBF world champion Fana (42) has the record of 48 fights, 38 wins (16 Knock Outs), and 10 losses in a professional career that started with a win on points against Siyabulela Manikivana on 6th March 1994.

On the other hand, Walmer-based and former KZN Lightweight champion Msimang (24) – with a record of 14 fights, 13 wins (8KOs) and a single loss – was only two years old in 1994.

The records of the two pugilists on paper, suggest that they should not be in the same ring. But the recent outwitting, outthinking and outpointing of former SA featherweight titlist Macute “Mac Man” Sinyabi (with 29 wins and 20 KOs and five losses in 34 fights) by current champion Azinga Fuzile (who is 10 years his junior, with only four fights behind his name) in a lopsided title fight in East London last week, could suggest otherwise.

In fact, Msimang’s mentor Caiphus Ntante was more forthright, “Tornado (Msimang) will be fighting against his father and boxing hero (Fana). Msimang’s father was born in 1973, the same year that Fana was born. The boy admires Fana but he is ready to dethrone him.”

Writing on his Facebook Page, Msimang said, “I’ll be fighting against the legend, my hero and am going to make him resign.”

Ntante said, “People will see the exact same outcome of the Sinyabi-Fuzile fight. Fana will be made to decide to quit this game.”

Msimang should be warned, however, as Fana has had a penchant for stopping the up-and-coming fighters in their tracks. Before his loss to WBO world lightweight champion Terry Flanagan in challenging his title in Cardiff, Wales, recently, Fana beat promising young stars Vusumzi Bokolo and Xolani Mcotheli both of East London. – NCEBA DLADLA

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