The local boxer, Rofhiwa “War Child” Maemu, is preparing to give his opponent a tough fight in Russia.
A local boxer, Rofhiwa “War Child” Maemu (27), is preparing to give his opponent a tough fight when he exchanges blows with Russian-born Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov for the IBO junior-lightweight title in Russia on Saturday. The fight will take place over 12 rounds.
According to his trainer, Emmanuel Mutavhatsindi, Maemu is well prepared for the fight. Rakhimov, however, is not to be underestimated. The Russian has not lost in his 13 fights. Maemu, on the other hand, has fought 27 fights, winning 19, losing 7 and drawing one.
“Rakhimov is a good fighter, but he makes a lot of mistakes and Maemu will capitalise on that,” said Mutavhatsindi. He promised that the fight would produce maximum entertainment. “Limpopo has an abundance of talent when it comes to boxing. We must nurture and promote them to achieve greater heights, so that we can galvanise the future of boxing. In Limpopo, we have very few champions, so let’s support them and raise the flag high,” Mutavhatsindi said.
Maemu currently stays in Johannesburg, but he grew up in Tshifudi village near Thohoyandou.
Mutavhatsindi said in an interview that Maemu was training like a man possessed because he viewed the fight as his biggest opportunity to win a big title. The outspoken Mutavhatsindi told Limpopo Mirror that his aim was to take Maemu to an international level.
Maemu is adamant that he will outclass Rakhimov. “I am well prepared well for the event and I am sure that I will win.” He said that he was not moved by his opponent's recent threats to dent his record. “I am well-prepared well for the event, and I am sure that I will bring home the championship belt.”
“I will stick to my style of fighting. Judging from what I’ve learnt about the champion, he fights on the back foot when he’s under pressure. Putting on pressure is my style of fighting and I won’t give him chance to think. I’m aiming for a knockout,” he said.
Date:22 March 2019 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.