The Rock aims to crash Chambers’ US party

2013-07-21 14:00

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It is now or never for African Boxing Union (ABU) cruiserweight superstar Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu.

The hard-punching pugilist took off yesterday to the land of Uncle Sam, the global hub of boxing, to face off with American Eddie “Fast” Chambers on August 3.

At stake for the 25-year-old is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be signed by one of the top boxing promotional firms in the world, Main Events, on a three-fight deal.

The calm but talented Mchunu understands the stakes are high.

“It means a lot and this is my chance to put my name out there,” he told City Press this week.

Born in KwaZulu-Natal, the former SA cruiserweight champion has never fought outside our borders but conquering all corners of the continent has been a task he mastered very well.

Just like many local boxers, despite his well-known antics, he has been rocked by a lack of fight time. Defeating Chambers may be the beginning of a new era for the highest-ranked domestic fighter.

Victory will also bring Mchunu close to a world title shot as he’s currently ranked seventh by the well-respected World Boxing Council (WBC).

“This is perfect timing and I’m more than ready to rock the world and, two years from now, I aim to have two world title belts around my waist,” promised the man who prides himself as the Floyd Mayweather Jr of Africa.

Driving Mchunu’s business agenda is Showpony Promotions boss Damian Michael, who said this was the time for his charge to “prove to the world he’s the best. “I’ve got big plans for this talented youngster and it hurts that from now on he will have to fight mostly in the US.

“But there’s nothing we can do until boxing comes back on SABC screens,” he said.

Trainer Sean Smith is brimming with confidence that the sky is the limit for his top boxer.

He said: “We have finally arrived on the world stage and we are going to this fight inspired by Tata Mandela, who himself is a former boxer, so victory is certain.”

According to Smith, the wealth of experience at Chambers’ disposal was not a concern to Team Smith because “he’s never fought anyone with Mchunu’s style and tactics”.

At 31, Chambers has won 36 bouts in 39 professional fights, 18 by KO. He’s lost three, one by KO.

Mchunu has fought 14 professional fights, winning 13-10 via KO – with one KO defeat.

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