World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Middleweight Champion Isaac Rodrigues will make his first title defense on Friday June 19 at the Ginasio Escola Superior do Educación Física in his hometown of Belem, Brazil, taking on South African Nkululeko Mhlongo.
Having won the WBF World title in his most recent fight last December, with a spectacular knockout of Mexican Jose Pinzon, Rodrigues can look forward to a tough challenge from Mhlongo, the reigning WBF Intercontinental champion at Super Welterweight.
Since turning pro in 2005, Rodrigues has compiled a professional record of 21-2 (17), including a victory over contender Brian Vera in Verona, New York in 2010. Capturing the WBF world championship in 2014 has been the pinnacle of his career, but at only thirty-years-of age he is planning on a long reign.
Nkululeko Mhlongo is 13-2 (11) since entering the paid ranks in 2007. He captured the South African Super Welterweight title in 2011, and made two successful defenses in 2013 before defeating fellow countryman Sikhulule Sidzumo last August to win the WBF Intercontinental title.
The clash against Rodrigues will be Mhlongo´s first title fight at Middleweight, but he is confident that he can carry his explosive power to the new weight class. Nicknamed “The Bull Dog”, he is known for his rough and entertaining style, and he is considered a very dangerous obstacle for the defending champion.
With seven well-matched bouts on the undercard, the Rodrigues vs. Mhlongo WBF World Middleweight title fight will headline an exiting night of professional boxing, presented by respected promoter Wallace Pereira and his UP Promocoes Ltds.