LEFT HOOK: Thabiso Mchunu beat Danie Venter with an impressive fifth round technical knockout in the ABU cruiserweight title bout at Emperors Palace on Saturday. Picture: Debbie Yazbek
Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu knocked down Danie Venter on Saturday night to become the last cruiserweight standing and now the 24 year old says he is ready for top class fights.
“There is no time like the present,” said Mchunu. “I want real fights now. I have worked hard in training to capture this now it’s time to look abroad. I have never been readier to step up to the game. I am very excited that the long journey I took is now bearing fruits.”
The well-built boxer said South African boxers must stop living in the shadows of their overseas counterparts and start competing at the highest level.
“We have quality in the country. The cruiserweights are a cut above the rest. I have looked at some of those overseas boxers and I believe I can take a lot of them to the ground. I feel ready to challenge anyone out there,” said a confident Mchunu.
The skilled southpaw boxer floored the 33-year-old Venter in 1min 52seconds of the fifth round after knocking the former Olympian three times before in the fight.
Mchunu pocketed R300000 with the African Union Boxing title and earned himself a place in the international knockout series to be held next year.
On a night where South African boxers thrilled the packed Emperors Palace, Tommy Oosthuizen was his dominant self when he retained the IBO super-middleweight title beating Columbian Fulgencio Zuniga on points.
Ryno Liebenberg dimmed Zambian Donald Kampamba’s lights in the ninth round of a bout for the IBO All-Africa light-heavyweight title while Gideon Buthelezi overwhelmed Edrin Dapudong of the Philippines on points for the vacant IBO junior bantamweight title.