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Azinga Fuzile © Gallo Images

Fuzile fights for vacant junior-lightweight title

South Africa’s brightest prospect Azinga Fuzile from Duncan Village near East London hopes to add another title to his collection when he meets Ibrahim Class of Tanzania for the vacant IBF Intercontinental junior lightweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon.

The 22-year-old Fuzile (12-0; 7), who fights from the southpaw stance, made his pro debut on December 15, 2014, and won the South African featherweight title in September 2016 with a 12-round unanimous points victory over the experienced Macbute Sinyabi in his fifth fight.

He made successful defences against Sydney Maluleke and Rofhiwa Maemu before relinquishing the title.

In his most recent fight on October 21 this year he stopped former two-time IBF junior-lightweight champion Malcolm Klassen in four rounds to retain the IBF Continental African junior-lightweight title.

Class, 28, made his pro debut in June 2010 and has compiled a record of 22-4; 10 with his first loss coming against Said Zungu on his debut.

His other three losses were against the capable Namibian Julius Indongo on points who would go on to win the IBF/WBA/IBO junior-lightweight titles, and against Charles Manyuchi and Zapir Rasulov.

Class (alias King Class Mawe) has only lost one fight inside the distance and could test the South African.

In the main supporting bout South African minimumweight champion, southpaw Xolisa Magusha (10-4-1; 5) defends his title in a rematch against Siphamandla Baleni (14-2-1; 5).

In their first fight for the SA title Magusha won on a unanimous point’s decision with scores of 118-111, 117-111 and 116-112.

The tournament is presented by Rumble Africa Promotions and there are ten fights on the undercard.


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