Michael Ramabeletsa eyes 2016 title run

Chris Glover 08/01/2016

Michael Ramabeletsa is set on the comeback trail in a big way. The South African’s comeback continues on February 20th at Preston’s Guild Hall where he contests the newly created British Challenge title on his adopted home’s turf.

Ramabeletsa has been around the block, fighting the likes of Paul Butler, Kal Yafai amongst others. Michael has been unlucky to lose close decisions on numerous when being an away fighter and on many occasions boxing well above his natural weight class. Times have changed however as Ramabeletsa, who is now an integral part of the MGM Manchester setup under trainer Johnney Roye; is looking to mount a real charge at titles in 2016, starting on February 20th at Preston’s Guild Hall.

Ramabeletsa is one of the three co main events on February 20th, as he boxes for the British Challenge Super Bantamweight belt with the hope of gaining a high ranking from the Commonwealth Council in the process. The experienced South African believes at 34 that the time is now right for him to push on for titles and credits o Roye’s influence as the catalyst in turning his career around,

“I have a lot of experience and I hope that will get me into big fights. I feel I am that level. Johnney and myself have been through hard times but Johnney never gave up on me and now everything has changed and things are good and have completely turned around. I have the confidence in Johnney to get me winning titles. I can’t thank Johnney enough for what he has done for me”.

The MGM Manchester base in Preston is absolutely buzzing at the present and Ramabeletsa has the fortune of sharing a ring in sparring with world rated Tshifhiwa Munyai, Malcolm Klassen and highly rated Irish prospect Declan Geraghty. The ‘Trouble Maker’ feels that this has helped his prepare for his upcoming British Challenge title fight on February 20th,

“Training has gone perfectly, I feel strong and sparring has been brilliant. I feel like a 25 year old, I live clean and I train hard. I am over the moon to be fighting for a title. It feels like a dream come true to finally be boxing for titles. If I win I would like to fight Gamal Yafai for the Commonwealth title”.

Tickets for the MGM Manchester show which include Michael Ramabeletsa, Lyndon Newman, Liam Conroy in title action and Malcolm Klassen also in big contest are available from all boxers on the bill or by calling the Preston Guild Hall box office on 01772 804440.