After a tough start to his career where he lost several fights, 24-year-old Rofhiwa “War Child” Maemu has developed into a highly touted prospect and is pitted against Tello “King Razor” Dithebe, with the vacant WBF Intercontinental Featherweight title on the line.
With six convincing victories in a row, five by stoppage, against very stern opposition, Maemu is much better than his 10-5-2 (7) record suggests. In his most recent outing he traveled to Namibia to fight former IBF International and Namibian champion Gottlieb Ndokosho, demolishing the local hero in three rounds.
Now he is primed and ready for his first shot at a significant professional title, but in Tello Dithebe, 14-5 (6), he will be in with another strong adversary who is coming to win. The pair has exchanged harsh words in local media, and the encounter is shaping up to be an intense battle of wills.
In the co-featured attraction, WBF Intercontinental Super Welterweight Champion Nkululeko “The Bulldog” Mhlongo, 14-3 (11), will make his second title-defense in a highly anticipated rematch with reigning WBF All Africa titlist Frans Ramabola, 7-1 (2).
Mhlongo retained his title by stopping a game and determined Ramabola in round ten of a hotly contested encounter last February, but the challenger is insisting much has changed and that the outcome will be different this time around, saying:
“Mhlongo is looking past me, probably because of the result of the first fight, but he will regret it. Lightning never strikes twice in the same place, and the first fight is history. I gave him too much respect then, but that will not happen again.”
The World Boxing Federation (WBF) Championship double-header is staged as part of the annual Mangaung African Cultural Festival (MACUFE), an internationally acclaimed event currently taking place in Bloemfontein between September 30 and October 9.