The slugfest amid the rumours

2017-03-02 06:00
Aphiwe Myoyo

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Like many boxing matchmakers Willie Saayman can be compared to a tightrope walker at a big circus.

If he is not chain-smoking, he is on the phone fielding calls from promoters looking for opponents for their fighters.

I bumped into this man in Durban during the Boxing South Africa awards and he was his sharp self. In between the puffs of smoke, he was also emitting statistics of boxers and offering views on the state of boxing.

As we hobbled along the red carpet, he let a closely guarded secret out.

“Don’t say it yet but Kalakoda Productions Team is back with a bang,” he smiled menacingly as he gulped the last of the glass of red wine.

On the flight back from Durban, I was thinking Saayman was joking but when I met boxing manager Savva Savvas in town, I was pleasantly surprised when he blurted “some news to the scribe”.

“Finally Christiano Ndombassy and Johaness Sallie will be in the same ring. Kalakoda is taking us to the Wild Coast Sun on March 31,” said Savvas relishing a big night for his charge.

Savvas immediately made a bold statement stating that his Angolan boxer will emerge victorious against Sallie who is otherwise known as “The Pearl of Paarl”.

“The Pearl will be crushed,” he said, leaving me amused.

The Ndombassy-Sallie slugfest will put to rest arguments about who is the best middleweight in town.

They will be fighting for the vacant ABU South Super welterweight title over 10 rounds.

In the main bout Thomas Oosthuizen will face Said Mbelwa of Tanzania in 10 rounds of international haevyweight battle.

Also in the bill is Ruann Visser against Ashraf Suleiman of Tanzania.

Meanwhile right here at home on the same night Mzuvukile “The Old Bones” Magwaca will be facing Jason Canoy of Philipines in a contest for the vacant WBF bantam weight title at OR Tambo Sports Complex.

Magwaca comes into the ring with a perfect record of 17 wins and no loses while Canoy comes with 19 KOs, six losses and a draw.

Magwaca who is guided by Zola Koti will want to win this fight at home.

“My fans have not seen me in a long time and I promised not to disappoint,” he said during a press conference held at the venue recently.

The main supporting bout is a female.

The next bout that will be a sizzler is that of Vusumzi Tyatyeka and Aphiwe Myoyo in six rounds of junior welterweight.

In the ring it will be Tyatyeka and Myoyo whilst at the corners it will be two coaches who often don’t see eye to eye: Koti andWelsh Macibela.

The tournament is jointly hosted Natasha Lyons of Lyons Production and Charles Mjikelo of Amandla Promotions and is sanctioned by WBF president Howard Goldberg.


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