Muravha Living Proof that Hard Work Pays - by Bongani Magasela
At the conclusion of Bully Muravha
stunning third-round stoppage of Basil
Ray three weeks ago, much to the ringside
press at Emperors Palace, were
Those, who could speak, were mostly
reduced to one-sided responses to what
they just witnessed: “Amazing”, “Incredible”, “Unbelievable” and most common,
(and probably most fitting one) of all “Wow”.
What Muravha did to “No Apologies”
should go down in his own history as an
all time great performance.
Surely those, who saw him retire in the second round after going down three times against Jake Els last October, went to Emperors Palace on April 1 expecting Muravha to do just that. But they were in for a rude awakening.
Muravha, who has always weighed
around 118 kilograms, looked trimmed
below 100 kilograms. That, alone, gave
a new meaning to the word “dedication”.
Muravha, 20, from Limpopo is trained in
Hilbrow, Johannesburg by George
Khosi. Muravha was unhittable and
never let Ray get comfortable as landed
square on the target
The fight was already in the bag heading
into the second round. He did everything
in his power to push for a knock out but Ray, who had become a punching bag, was rescued in the third round. What a breathtaking display by Muravha.
If ever there was a pugilistic performance that made you want to bow down at the feet of a fighter perceived as a cannon fodder, this was it.
Last week, Muravha, blasted Steven
Castle away in four rounds at the Unisa
Conference Centre in Ormonde, south of
Jozi last weekend. Castle, a competent
fighter, had nothing to offer. He went down twice from body shots, and ultimately retired on his chair going for the fourth round. Confidence was written all over Muravha’s face even before their fight, a rematch, the main contest of Rainbow Promotions bill. His weight was 98,48 kilograms.
Some people said he is ready to take on
SA heavyweight champion, Osborne
Machimana but I beg to differ.Here is a brotherly advise: “Stay away from “Big
Daddy” until at least early next year. Get more action, build your confidence, you
need rounds in order to test your durability because you don’t posses power to
knock him out”.