akani phuzi to battle youssof mwanda for wba pan-african title

16:00    02 Aug 2018

International Cruiserweight Contest between Limbani Lano (r) and Akani Phuzi (l) during the Fox Sports Africa Boxing 6 Fight Night at Royal Swazi Spa, Eswatini on 01 June 2018 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
South Africa’s Akani Phuzi will take on Youssof Mwanda for the vacant World Boxing Association Pan-African cruiserweight title at the upcoming Young Gladiators Part Seven in Johannesburg.

Phuzi is the Gauteng cruiserweight champion and trains at Alan Toweel Boxing Gym in Linden. His bout with Mwanda is the main event for the Young Gladiators Part Seven event at Blairgowrie Recreation Centre on September 2.

The 34-year-old has a global ranking of 514 in the cruiserweight division and has a professional record of 5-0-0 with three wins by knockout, according to BoxRec.

Phuzi has thus far defeated Akeem Tijani, Chris Thompson (twice), Beleskay Mukanya and Limbani Lano, with the last fight taking place at at Fox Sports Africa Boxing 6 at the Royal Swazi Spa & Resort on June 1.

“I am preparing to go the whole 12 rounds to get more professional experience,” Phuzi is quoted by the Randburg Sun.

“I want to learn how to box professionally, and yes I also want to win every single round.”

His trainer Alan Toweel said they will not underestimate Mwanda, who is a more experienced boxer.

“I have seen him [Mwanda] once and his stance is upright and he has a strong right hand,” Toweel said.

“We are working on Akani’s defence because when you fight a hard puncher anything can happen.”


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