Heavyweight brawl may end on canvas

2011-04-23 16:07

Wiseman Dlomo and Anton Nel will desperately need to reach the target that is each other without either’s head ­being taken off.

That is when they meet for the vacant South African ­heavyweight crown at Olive ­Convention Centre in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.

The crown was relinquished by Osborne Machimane.

Neither fighter necessarily wields earth-moving ­power, but their knockout victories ­suggest that one careless foe will involuntarily end up counting the stars.

The more experienced Nel has knocked out 12 adversaries while Dlomo has iced eight.

Interestingly, both were taken to uncomfortable slumberland by six opponents.

Neither fighter is a master at the art of slipping punches and exceptional head movement, so one of the pugilists is likely to end up on the seat of his pants.

Dlomo and Nel’s chin are not renowned for standing up to powerful blows fired at will by hard-punching boxers.

Even though eluding punches appeals to connoisseurs, a number of fight followers are entertained when they watch boxers somersaulting.

Unfortunately this ­battle will not revive memories of top local heavyweights of ­vintage status such as Gerrie Coetzee, Corrie Sanders, Siza Makhathini and Pierre ­Coetzer.

However, the clash will ­certainly excite pedestrian fans who thrive on seeing bruises, battering, blood and ultimately canvas-lovemaking.

The two rivals are to confront each other for the third time.

Their first fight in 2002 ended in a fifth round technical draw after a head-on collision, which saw Dlomo bleeding profusely.

Nel, one-time holder of the crown, subsequently stopped Dlomo in round four in their next confrontation in 2003.

Dlomo has only one national title fight under his belt – a 7th round technical knockout defeat against Machimane on October 20 2006. KwaZulu-Natal’s promoter Thulani Magudulela, who is staging the show, said he hoped that Dlomo would ­become the first fighter from his province to wear the crown.

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