SA boxing is just one punch away from a knockout

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SA boxing is just one punch away from a knockout

Azinga Fuzile’s fight on Sunday will be a real test

Sports reporter

SA boxing undergoes one of its most crucial tests in New York early on Sunday morning (the tournament will be streamed on DAZN from 4.30am SA time).

Azinga Fuzile takes on Konichi Ogawa of Japan at Madison Square Garden for the vacant junior-lightweight crown sanctioned by the International Boxing Federation, one of the four mainstream world bodies.

Since Moruti Mthalane lost his IBF flyweight title in London six months ago, SA has not had a bona fide world champion. Mthalane, who had held the belt since 2009, apart from a break for a few years after he’d been stripped for inactivity, had been the country’s standout fighter over that period. But time, as it does with every sports star, eventually caught up with him...

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