Scandal- and injury-free, the 26-year-old IBO cruiserweight champ zones in on his first defence.
He failed a doping test in October last year.
The bantamweight knows when he’ll fight Nonito Donaire.
But the Gautenger seemed to be a bit on the fortunate side with the split decision.
Some may even label it a mismatch, but you never know…
The ‘Dark Destoyer’s’ record didn’t quite reflect what a talented fighter he was.

Boxing Lerena back with a bang after year of setbacks

Injury and an unfounded doping charge has only motivated the IBO cruiserweight to be stronger.

Boxing SA’s Xolisani Ndongeni beaten by wide margins

The versatile multiple champion experiences a tough night in Las Vegas against Devin Haney.

Boxing After the demise of Budler, SA have only seven world boxing champs

Zolani Tete (WBO) and Moruti Mthalane (IBF) are the only South Africa fighters to hold a belt from one of the major organisations.

Sport Hekkie Budler quits, Moruti Mthalane saves SA pride in China

Mthalane retained the IBF flyweight belt when Mashiro Sakamoto retired at the end of the tenth round with a badly swollen eye.

Boxing Tough assignments for SA boxers Budler and Mthalane in China

WBA light-flyweight champion Hekkie Budler and IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane both have tough fights ahead of them.

Boxing Legendary Mitchell tells Mchunu: adapt or die

The 30-year-old puts his cruiserweight title on the line this weekend against Tommy ‘Tommy Gun’ Oosthuizen.

Boxing Khonco retains IBO title after doctor orders halt to the bout

The 32-year-old local minimumweight will probably be relieved about that verdict given that he didn’t look particularly comfortable anyway.

Boxing Veteran Walter Dlamini hopes to win SA middleweight title

As undercard for the Tommy Oosthuizen-Thabiso Nchunu showdown, he’ll face an interesting opponent in former MMA fighter Wade Groth.

Boxing Mayweather cancels Japan kickboxing fight

The retired welterweight legend claims he was ‘duped’ into agreeing to fight.

Boxing Defiant Lerena will fight doping charge

South Africa’s cruiserweight champion claims medication to treat his shoulder injury had caused the adverse finding.

Boxing Local boxing rocked by Lerena doping drama

The 26-year-old cruiserweight champion tested positive for a banned substance last month, the WBC has confirmed.

Boxing Wheelchair-bound boxing champ still oozes charisma

Former Transvaal middleweight champion Leo Simelane’s positive approach to life is an example to all who meet him

Boxing SA black boxers continue to thrive in post-apartheid era

Zolani Tete is the latest exponent to take the world by storm.

Boxing Tete hopes to shine in Russia

The experienced, consistent southpaw remains in the running for a big payday at the end of the year.

 

 

 

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