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South Africa based pugilist sniffs title

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South Africa based boxer Romeo Makwakwa believes he is close to winning a title after drawing with South Africa’s Siphesihle Mntungwa in a 12-round World Boxing Forum All Africa Lightweight contest last week.

Makwakwa, who is widely regarded as a kingmaker following a not so impressive record, produced an outstanding performance against Mntungwa.

“The fight was not meant for me as I was drafted at the eleventh hour to replace another boxer who withdrew two weeks before the contest.

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“As a boxer who keeps on training, I picked up the offer. I put up a good performance, having dominated 10 rounds. Unfortunately, I did not knockout my opponent because I was also tired having trained for a short time. The last two rounds were even. When the result was announced, spectators jeered because they felt I was robbed of victory,” he said.

Makwakwa, 26, said he was looking forward to a rematch as he will be in condition to impress.

“My trainer has so much faith in me so I need to repay him with some fine displays,” he said.

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Makwakwa turned professional in 2013 under the guidance of New Dawn Boxing Promotions Managing Director Mike Chimaliza.

“I started boxing around 2010 and then I turned professional. I was able to contest in some fights because of the support I was getting from Mr [Mike] Chimaliza,” he said.

Makwakwa went to South Africa in 2016, and he has seven wins, five defeats and a draw.

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