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Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu – a new world champion in the making
information supplied by: Peter Burroughes Communications 27 May 2011

Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu – a new world champion in the making


 


The highly anticipated first appearance in the ring this year of unbeaten South African junior heavyweight champion Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu will take place at Emperor’s Palace in Gauteng on Saturday (June 4)
 
The 22-year-old Mchunu’s match-up with former SA junior heavyweight champion Danie Venter over eight rounds in a non-title encounter will undoubtedly be a highlight of the evening’s bill, presented by Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves Promotions, which features as the main attraction heavyweights Flo Simba and Fransie Botha.
 
The young boxer from Cato Ridge in KwaZulu-Natal, who has now relocated to Gauteng and joined the stable of former Transvaal heavyweight champion Peter “ Sniper” Smith, exploded on to the scene in November last year when he overpowered former champion Daniel Bruwer over 12 rounds for the SA cruiserweight title.  But Mchunu failed to make the weight limit and no title was awarded.
 
Johannesburg trainer Peter Smith says of his new charge, “Thabiso is the real deal.  He’s very humble and super focussed and we have big plans for this exciting young heavyweight prospect.  He reminds me of a young Mike Tyson and certainly has the magnificent physique and animal aggression. 
 
“Rodney Berman has agreed to take him under his wing and if he wins at Emperor’s the next step will be a world title fight eliminator.  Right now he’s just two fights away from a chance at a world title,” Smith added.
 
Mchunu turned professional n 2007 at the age of 19 after more than 150 amateur fights, including winning a gold medal in the Copenhagen Cup in Denmark in 2005 and representing the African continent at the AIBA in Russia.  His professional record to date is nine wins from nine fights with eight knockouts.
 
He hails from a boxing family with father Alex, who was his original trainer, a former KZN heavyweight champion and 19-year-old brother Samkelo already an exciting amateur prospect with the Army in the Western Cape.
 
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Issued on behalf of Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu by Peter Burroughes Communications, telephone 082 899 0101, e-mail bowtie@iafrica.com.
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