rofhiwa maemu looks to defend his crown and set the record straight

16:00    18 Sep 2018

Rofhiwa Maemu (South Africa) wins the WBA Pan Africa Featherweight Title during the 2017 Fox Africa Boxing Championship at The Grand Palm Hotel, Gaborone Botswana on 06 December 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
WBA Pan African Featherweight champion Rofhiwa Maemu will look to defend his title against fellow South African Tello Lithebe at Fox Sports Africa Boxing 9 at at Meropa Casino & Entertainment World in Polokwane on Friday, September 21.

Maemu (16-7-2) is putting his crown on the line for the third time. He won the title by beating Emmanuel Andeleki of Namibia in Gaborone in October 2017, and has mounted two successful defences against Faddhili Majiha and Haidari Mchanjo, both of Tanzania, earlier in 2018.

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Lithebe, who has fought 29 times as a professional (20-9-0) famously beat Maemu in October 2016 for the World Boxing Federation Intercontinental featherweight title.

This rematch is being billed as ‘War Child’s’ chance to set the record straight and underline his status as one of the best up-and-coming boxers in the country.

Another WBA Pan African title fight on the bill is between defending super-middleweight champion Patrick Mukala from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Emmanuel Anim of Ghana. Both fights will be held over 12 rounds.

Africa Boxing 9 will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2 from 20h00 CAT on Friday, September 21.

Fox Sports Africa Boxing 9 fight bill

International Welterweight: Four rounds (66.68kg): Tankiso Qelo (SA -debut) vs Kagiso Bagwasi (Bots – won 1)

International Featherweight: Four rounds (57.15kg): Rirothe Randima (SA – won 1, lost 1) vs Tshephang Babui (Bots – won 3, lost 1, drawn 2)

WBA Pan African Super-middleweight title: 12 rounds (76.20kg): Patrick Mukala (DRC, champion – won 11, lost 1) vs Emmanuel Anim (GHA, challenger – won 13)

International Junior-lightweight: Six rounds (58.97kg): Paul Mangxilana (SA – won 4, lost 4, drawn 4) vs Kutlwano Ogaketse (Bots – won 3, lost 1)

International Lightweight: Six rounds (61.24kg): Raymond Kupula (DRC – won 8, lost 8, drawn 1) vs Steven Bagwasi (Bots – won 3)

WBA Pan African Featherweight title: 12 rounds (57.15kg): Rofhiwa ‘War Child’ Maemu (SA champion – won 16, lost 7, drawn 2) vs Tello Lithebe (SA challenger – won 20, lost 9)


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