South Africa

Mkhize sees flyweight bout as mere stepping stone

2016-10-16 05:52
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Johannesburg - Up-and-coming light flyweight national contender Percy “Cool Kid” Mkhize anticipates a return to his winning ways when he meets action-starved veteran Charity “Fire” Mukondeleli at Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg.

The six-round, non title contest, scheduled for October 30, will be presented by Sandile Xaka’s Supreme Boxing Promotions.

After suffering a defeat at the hands of Mpho Seforo, Mkhize will be eager to bounce back against the well-experienced, Limpopo-born boxer, who should also be hungry for victory as he has lost his three last fights.

The 23-year-old Mkhize, who is from Soweto, will step into the ring on Sunday knowing that anything less than a win could affect his confidence levels against Seforo at the provincial championship in November.

“This fight is important to me and I take it as a morale boaster,” Mkhize said.

“I am looking beyond this one and I have to put up a great performance to be in a good state of mind for the provincial championship.

“The preparations have been going well. I’ve been working on previous fight mistakes and I’m happy with what I’m seeing now.”

His opponent, on the other hand, said a loss could spell the end of his boxing career. The 38-year-old ring-rusty Mukondeleli, who last saw action a year ago, said the fight would decide whether he stayed in the fistic sport or called it a day.

“I have been in the game for a long time. A defeat could mean the end of the road for me. I have a surprise package for this boy. I know he will come to the fight expecting a walk in the park, but he will regret agreeing to fight me,” he said.

Mukondeleli has nine victories out of 19 contests. Mkhize has lost once in seven outings.

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