Former world title challenger Melvin Jerusalem (11-1, 7) may have tasted defeat for the first time as a professional fighter earlier this year, as he lost on the road in Thailand to Wanheng Menayothin, but he proved he belonged at world level and certainly put himself on the boxing map. He's now set to get his passport out once again and various reports suggest that Jerusalem will be heading to South Africa in May to face former WBA title challenger Simphiwe Khonco (17-5, 7).
Like Jerusalem it's fair to say that Khonco is better known for a loss, a close one to compatriot Hekie Budler, than any wins, though like Jerusalem he's certainly a better fighter than many realise. In fact Khonco turned a poor 6-4 start into his current 17-5 record with an 11-1 run that has included wins over solid fighters like Zukisani Kwayiba, Nhlanhla Ngamntwini, Siyabonga Siyo and former world champion Nkosinathi Joyi.
The bout might not get much attention in the west but it is two genuine Minimumweight contenders battling in a really significant bout that puts the winner right in the mix for a world title bout. Both men are legitimate contenders, and although Khonco will be the favourite, given the home advantage, neither man will be turning up to lose and we're expecting a thrilling and pulsating back-and-forth war fought at a great pace.
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