Myolisi “The Brown Bomber” Xayo of Khayelitsha is in trouble if you care to listen to the ringside rumour mill.
Xayo tops the “Tribute to Tata” boxing tournament at the OR Tambo Sports Complex on Saturday against Cristiano Ndombassy, who hails from Angola, in the junior middleweight division.
It is this Ndombassy that the ringsiders say will beat Xayo and send him to the cleaners.
But Xayo’s trainer Jongi Kamko remained defiant, pointing to the biblical sling fight of David and Goliath.
“We have faith in what we do and, come Saturday, Xayo will be hailed a true survivor,” said Kamko.
Speaking from Cyprus, Ndombassy’s manager Savva Savvas downplayed all the hype surrounding his fighter.
“Cristiano is still very new to boxing and Xayo has an impressive record as a professional. He has a decorated amateur record,” he said.
Addressing his fans on Facebook, Xayo said: “Ndombassy has felled all his three South African opponents. Let him bring it on and I will be up to task.”
Time will tell if Xayo has the guts to grab glory from the hands of a hard punching foe.
Another exciting bout will feature Gerson Shingo all the way from Thohoyandou against Somerset West’s Sparks van Wyk in the light heavyweight.
Shingo is rated number 10 nationally and it will be interesting to see if the fellow from Insane Boxing Club can dent his record.
The most talked about bout is the women’s fight between Zizipho “The Real Deal” Kuza and Rushda “Rogue” Mallick.
There will nine other fights and promoter Duma Nogaga says he expects a crowd as he has been inundated with calls from many excited fans.
“This will be an ideal tribute to Madiba, because young boxers will come and show us their hard work,” said Nogaga.
Doors open at 11:00 and tickets will be sold at the door; general seats cost R50 while the ringside seats will sell for R100.
Meanwhile at Parow High School, Johannes “The Pearl of Paarl” Salie will try to be crowned a WBF intercontinental champion when facing George Mdluli of KZN tonight.
Sallie fought and lost to Mdluli two years ago, but he believes it’s “payback time now”. “I promised my promoter, Sam Don King Moni, that I will not disappoint him and my die-hard fans,” said Sallie.
Moni said limited tickets will be sold at the door at a cost of R180.
Also appearing in the bout will be Zola Koti-trained and promising boxers Sinethemba Taylor Bam and Imraan “Bompie” Ndema who face foes from Mdantsane.
The fights will start at 18:00.
Smiling from ear-to-ear was Boxing SA provincial chairperson Miki Klaas.
“I take my hat off to Sam Moni and Duma Nogaga for staging two tournaments on one weekend. This shows that our promoters are really working hard to bring boxing back to its heydays in Cape Town and the region at large,” said Klaas.