All eyes will be on Azinga Fuzile to prove himself on the big stage if he is indeed destined for stardom.
This when the 21-year-old unbeaten Duncan Village star takes on Tshifhiwa Munyai in the semifinals of the Featherweight Super 4 series at Emperors Palace next weekend.
Fuzile will be fighting away from the confines of his East London base where he commands a legion of fans. And facing Munyai will be the biggest step up in class for him.
The Limpopo-born has fought more than half of Fuzile’s bouts compared to Fuzile who has fought merely eight times. Munyai has lost three times while the “Golden Boy” is yet to lose.
The other semifinal berth will pit veteran Simpiwe Vetyeka against Lerato Dlamini with the winners facing off in the final next February for R500000 prize-money.
Fuzile’s camp has been criticised in certain boxing quarters for entering him to the series, with arguments suggesting he is not yet ready for the big league. But his trainer Mzamo Chief Njekanye is the least concerned about the calls saying his charge would emerge the last man standing.
“They say Azinga has no experience but his experience is beating up boxers with experience,” he said.
While all eyes will be on Fuzile, Njekanye has unearthed another amateur gem who is also a left-hander.
This after his amateur boxer Lwando Mgabi won gold at the amateur junior championships recently. The 16-year-old is described as an uber-talent in the mould of Fuzile by those who have seen him plying his craft.
And Njekanye has no illusions that Mgabi will follow in the footsteps of Fuzile.
“While all eyes are on Azinga I am continuing with my job behind the scenes to churn out other talents,” he said. “In two to three years time people will be stunned when I unleash this youngster but Dispatch will have already informed them about him.”
Mgabi campaigns in the 50kg category where his astonishing talent is setting tongues wagging in the unpaid ranks. Njekanye is not new to this kind of surprises as he did when he unleashed a then unknown Xolisani Ndongeni a while back.
Ndongeni would go on and win several titles including two SA belts regional crowns and the IBO world diadem.
He has since gone to US where he is training at the famous Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. — Boxing Mecca