Johnny Muller is being lined up for a career-defining bout against world-rated cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak.
Promoter Rodney Berman is in talks with the Pole’s management and says the fight could take place either in South Africa or Europe. Dates of either June or September are being looked at.
Masternak and Muller shared a bill in Monte Carlo last June, ironically both in losing efforts. Masternak lost a split decision to Youri Kalenga (who fights for the WBA belt this weekend) and Muller dropped a decision against Doudou Ngumbu at light-heavyweight.
Masternak (34-2, 24 KOs) is a seriously strong campaigner ranked in the top 10 by both the WBA and WBO. In his last outing, he saw off former world champion Jean Marc Mormeck to consolidate his position among the world’s leading cruiserweights.
Harold Volbrecht, trainer of Muller, was delighted by the development. “They would have seen Johnny as a light-heavyweight in Monte Carlo, and probably wrote him off based on that. But he’s a different fighter at cruiserweight, as we saw against Kevin Lerena. I’m happy that they under-estimate Johnny. It sounds like a lekker fight and we’ll be happy to box at home or overseas.”
The Masternak option almost certainly puts to bed the talk that Muller would entertain Lerena’s calls for a rematch. Muller looked outstanding in seeing off the youngster’s challenge and could parachute himself into the world rankings if he shocks the man they call the “Master”.