By John Tuerijama
ANTHONY Jarman steps into the ring this Saturday to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Pan-African belt against South Africa’s Nkululeko Mhlongo.
Jarman won the belt in May this year after defeating Christiano Ndombassy from Angola. He won with a sixth-round technical knockout (TKO) to claim the vacant junior middleweight title at the Windhoek Country Club.
The fight against Mhlongo, also at the Windhoek Country Club, will be the first defence of his Pan-African title.
While Jarman boasts a fight record of 13 wins, one defeat and a draw from 15 bouts, Mhlongo, on the other hand, has 14 wins and three losses in the paid ranks.
Meanwhile, Mhlongo’s trainer, Sechaba Mabuya, said his boxer will come to Windhoek for one reason, which is to beat Jarman and take the crown back to South Africa.
Said Mabuya: ‘We are out to claim what rightfully belongs to us. We already knew about this fight when we went to Bloemfontein to beat up France in our second fight in October.”
Mhlongo forfeited in February after being involved in a WBF sanctioned bout in Kimberley. He stopped France Ramabolu in the 10th round to retain his intercontinental strap.
Mhlongo was supposed to have defended the WBA Pan African belt, but that organisation’s representative, Stan Christodoulou, had no choice but to relieve Mhlongo of his organisation’s belt for his failure to defend it.
Jarman then beat Christiano Ndombassy from Angola for the vacant strap on 21 May. Mhlongo had won that belt against the same opponent in November last year.
The fight between Jarman and Mabuya is promoted by Kinda Promotions.
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