DURBAN – South African boxing fans will hope to witness another heroic moment in the sport that has taken a nosedive in the popularity stakes.
Following Moruti Mthalane’s second successful defence of his IBF flyweight belt in Tokyo last month, Thulani ‘Tulz’ Mbenge is fired up to become the second boxer to fly the South African flag high when he defends his IBO welterweight crown on July 6.
The 27-year-old Mdantsane-born fighter will be jetting off to Germany to put his unbeaten record to the test against challenger Sebastian Formella in Hamburg.
A glance at his boxing career shows that Mbenge is something of a knockout specialist.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and reigning South African male boxer of the year, has 12 wins inside the distance in 15 fights and is yet to taste defeat in his professional career.