Real Steel Promotions has put together a massive night of boxing on Friday March 23 at the Edenvale Community Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, with two highly interesting World Boxing Federation (WBF) Championship fights topping a nine-bout card.
Billed as “Unstoppable”, the main event features undefeated puncher Emmany Kalombo fighting for the vacant WBF Intercontinental Super Welterweight title in what is his biggest test to date against former title-holder, and reigning South African Champion, Nkululeko Mhlongo.
Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo but based in South Africa for many years, “The General” Kalombo is 8-0 (8) in the paid ranks, while “Bulldog” Mhlongo is a former two-time world title-challenger and far more seasoned at 16-5 (12).
In a classic “Youth vs. Experience” encounter, Kalombo is looking to pick up his first championship in the professionals and prove that he is the real deal, and Mhlongo, who has never been stopped inside the distance, is determined to secure himself a third crack at world honours.
In the evenings co-featured bout, 2008 South African Olympian Jackson “M3” Chauke, 14-1-1 (10), takes on compatriot Sihle Jelwana, 8-3 (6), in another intriguing match-up, with the vacant WBF International Flyweight title on the line.
Chauke should probably be considered a slight favourite, but both men carry considerable power and has won their last four outings inside the distance. With high confidence on both sides, this one could easily be a case of who lands first.
Two fifty-fifty fights, with four hungry quality boxers who have a combined 36 stoppages in 46 victories, against only 9 defeats. Tickets reportedly selling fast, it is hard to see how the fans will not get their moneys worth on March 23!