Two World Boxing Federation (WBF) All-Africa titles will be on the line, when Kalakoda Promotions, headed by Steve Kalakoda, presents professional championship boxing at the Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa on Friday November 22.
With former World Heavyweight Champion Gerrie Coetzee as a special ringside guest, Nkululeko Vengenayi squares off with Themba Tshicila for the vacant Super Featherweight crown, while Osborne Machimana and Elvis Moyo are set to rematch with the Heavyweight title at stake.
30-year-old Vengenayi, originally from Zimbabwe but based in South Africa throughout a professional run that started in 2008, brings a decent ledger of 8-3 (7) but has only averaged slightly over two fights a year in the pro ranks. This will be his first title fight, and a great opportunity to put himself on the map and kick start his career.
Battle-tested South African Themba Tshicila (37) is by far the more experienced of the two, with thirty-nine contests (25-11-3, 7 KOs) on a resume that began in 1997. A former two-time Eastern Cape titlist, he has eight title bouts under his belt and has fought much bigger names than Vengenayi.
Former South African Champion Osborne Machimana (18-7-2, 13 KOs) and Elvis Moyo (3-5-2, 1 KO), another S.A.-based Zimbabwean, fought to a controversial draw this past March, and they are now set to settle their unfinished business in the second WBF All Africa title fight of the evening.
“The first fight between Machimana and Moyo ended controversially with a draw last time, and Moyo has told me that this time he won’t let it be close”, said WBF President Howard Goldberg who will be supervising the WBF doubleheader.
“Also, Vengenayi has worked extremely hard for a title shot, its Zimbabwe vs. South Africa in Cape Town on Friday night, and it looks like another excellent bill put together by Kalekoda Promotions”, continued Goldberg, who is full of praise when it comes to this particular company:
“I was very impressed with the last show put on by Kalekoda Promotions, and it has only been a pleasure working with them. Once again they have put together a quality show, and the WBF title fights are going to be great. The styles of these boxers will blend amazingly, I am sure!”
The two World Boxing Federation title fights will be preceded by an excellent undercard, including a non title bout with hard-punching 21-year-old WBF All Africa Cruiserweight champion Kevin “The Lean Mean” Lerena (8-0, 6 KOs), fighting at Heavyweight.