GABORONE, Botswana, October 11 – Two South Africans, who met early this year in a 10-round Gauteng lightweight title fight, have wowed to beat the other when they meet for the vacant WBA Pan African lightweight crown at the Grand Palm Hotel Casino and Convention Resort in Gaborone on Thursday night.
Jeffery Magagane of Soweto was beaten by Ayanda Nkosi on a TKO in the eighth round after initially dropping his opponent but said he is after revenge.
“I know I’m better than that,” he said confidently. “I ran out of steam and that cost me the fight. I’ve worked hard for this rematch and I have vowed to win this time around.
“I have worked on my stamina, trained harder than I ever have as I want to show Ayanda that I’m a better fighter than he thinks,” after he weighed in at 60.40km.
The 26-year-old has good and quick hand-speed and has everything going for him, according to his trainer Alan Toweel.
“Jeffery is a dedicated boxer. He is a disciplined professional and as a southpaw he difficult to fight against. We’ve prepared really hard for this bout – it’s a “revenge fight” taking into account what happened last time.”
According to Toweel, Magagane is determined to prove his ability and win the WBA Pan African lightweight title as he has many things going for him in his career.
Meanwhile Nkosi, who did not react to the jibes of Magagane at the weigh-in, said: “I’ve beaten him previously and I know how to pace myself against him. I’ll make it two-in-a row against him just to prove who is the boss in the lightweight division.”
Meanwhile Namibia’s Immanuel Andeleki, who meets South Africa’s Rofhiwa Maemu for the vacant WBA Pan Africa featherweight crown, weighed in at 56.70 for the 12-round encounter.
He was a lot more subdued than a day earlier when he spoke of his chances in the fight.
“I am confident and there’s a reason for this. I’ve focused for this fight especially after I lost to Azinga Fuzeli in July this year,” he said.