World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Light Welterweight Champion Zolani Marali will make his first title defence on Sunday September 15, when he squares off with WBF Intercontinental titlist Mzolisi Yoyo at the Orient Theatre in East London, South Africa.
The highly anticipated clash of local rivals, both from the Mdantsane Township a few miles from downtown East London, is promoted by Xaba Promotions, and will be televised live by SuperSports.
Marali, 22-5 (13), won the WBF World title by dethroning another South African, Ali Funeka, in a rematch last December. Funeka had won their first bout a year earlier by disputed split decision, but Marali put on a great performance in the sequel to win on all judges cards.
Mzolisi Yoyo, 21-4 (16), captured the Intercontinental Light Welterweight crown with a second round stoppage of compatriot Luyanda Jako this past June, and has since been calling for a world title shot and a South African Super Fight against Marali.
Both fighters have a big following, and WBF President Howard Goldberg, who will fly in from Cape Town to supervise the affair, is looking forward to what he sees as a possible Fight-Of-The-Year candidate:
“This is a contest that South Africa has been longing for, and I believe it is going to be an all out war”, said Goldberg, and added:
“Two East London heroes going to-to-toe, in front of fanatical fans in a great venue and live on television. It just doesn’t get any better than that!”
The Zolani Marali vs. Mzolisi Yoyo WBF World Light Welterweight title fight is the main event of a big show staged to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mdantsane existence.
In the main supporting bout Xolisani Ndongeni defends his South African Super Featherweight title against Themba Tschicila. A full undercard of interesting matches involving some of the area’s best prospects will complete what could be a memorable night of boxing.