Warren “The Warrior” Joubert will have to prove his worth when he defends his super lightweight title against Tshifhiwa Munyai at Orlando Communal Hall in Soweto this afternoon.
The last time Joubert’s crown was at stake was in June, when he beat Lungisani Jikani on points at the same venue.
Before then, he beat Grant Fourie in a unanimous points decision for the interim World Boxing Association Pan African super lightweight championship at Emperors Palace in March.
Joubert, who goes into the second defence of his championship, is determined to show his mettle against Munyai.
Boxing is full of upsets, and Joubert says he will be cautious not to take his opponent lightly.
He meets an inexperienced foe who comes into the bout with only 12 fights to his name, compared with Joubert, who has been in the ring on 34 occasions.
“I believe Munyai is an aggressive opponent who will be in the ring to take my title and I won’t allow that to happen.
“I’m expecting a tough fight [but] should win by knockout,” said Joubert.
The Johannesburg-based fighter, whose career was moulded by Colin Nathan, boasts 25 victories, four defeats and five draws in his career so far.
Munyai, who hails from Thohoyandou in Limpopo, is trained by former world champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba.
He has had sevens wins and five losses.
“I respect Joubert because he is a smart fighter. But I will be the last man standing because I’ve trained hard for this bout,” said Munyai.
His last fight was a points win over Prince Dlomo over 10 rounds in Meadowlands, Soweto, last month.
The main supporting bout on the Rainbow Promotions card will be a junior bantamweight eight-rounder between the Western Cape’s Sabelo Ngebinyana and Rofhiwa Nomukhongwe from Limpopo.
There are another four fights on the bill.