“If I can’t beat this guy, I shouldn’t be boxing.” – This was Ryno Liebenberg’s blunt assessment of his challenge against Makhosandile Zwengu for the vacant SA light-heavyweight title at Emperors Palace this weekend.
Zwengu looks like just the right opponent for Liebenberg to ease his way back into the win column after back-to-back losses to world-rated Eleider Alvarez and Tommy Oosthuizen.
Liebenberg looks in excellent shape and will be under pressure from his paymaster to produce a convincing performance.
“After this clash, he’ll be dropping to super-middleweight,” said Rodney Berman, his promoter. “This is where things could get really interesting for Ryno.”
Indeed, given Berman’s close ties to German promoter Wilf Sauerland, Liebenberg could be propelled to a title shot before long.
Sauerland looks after Arthur Abraham, the WBO champion, and also George Groves, who lost to Badou Jack for the WBC title on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s fight in Las Vegas.
“Ryno’s strong, hasn’t been in many wars and is more determined than most. I expect he’ll be far stronger at super-middleweight too. He’s a disciplined guy and has no issues whatsoever with weight,” added Berman.