South Africa

Golden Boy wants War Child as a gift

2017-07-30 07:02
Azinga Fuzile (right) squares off against Macbute Sinyabi

Johannesburg - Azinga “Golden Boy” Fuzile wants a belated birthday gift by retaining his SA featherweight title at the expense of Rofhiwa “War Child” Maemu today.

Fuzile, who turned 21 last Sunday, will defend his belt against Maemu at the Orient Theatre in East London.

The Duncan Village-born Fuzile made a name for himself by joining a select group of the country’s greats when he won the national featherweight belt in only his fifth bout as a professional fighter at the age of 20.

He achieved this feat by beating Macbute Sinyabi by a ­unanimous points decision at Orient Theatre in September.

The Kusile Comprehensive High School Grade 12 pupil added the International Boxing Federation intercontinental belt to his possessions by outpointing Sydney Maluleka in a South African title defence at Orient Theatre in May.

Now, Golden Boy wants to prove to Maemu, who is four years his senior, that he is the real deal.

“I could not celebrate my birthday properly last week as I was training hard for this clash.

"My aim is to finish the bout early and later go enjoy myself with some of my classmates and camp members as a belated celebration,” said Fuzile.

He will need to be cautious and not make the mistake of taking Maemu lightly because War Child is an experienced campaigner who has been inside the ring many times compared with the title holder.

Fuzile has posted three knockout wins from seven fights. Maemu packs a hard right hook to send his foes to the canvas – he has already done that nine times.

However, Fuzile is unperturbed by his rival’s punching power, saying he is in great shape.

“I’m eyeing a world title fight before the end of the year and a win should pave the way for me,” said Fuzile.

But Maemu, who fights out of Soweto, is confident of ­giving a good account of himself.

He is determined to spoil Fuzile’s planned celebrations by winning the match.

“I’ll be fighting before a hostile Eastern Cape crowd. This means I must win by knockout and silence the champion and my critics. I’m in great shape and I’m ready to be crowned the new champion.”

He proved his worth by stopping Prince “Fresh Prince” Ndlovu in the second round to win the African Boxing Union SADC featherweight belt at the Blairgowrie Recreational Centre in Randburg last month.

Read more on:    boxing

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.