Another title in Klassen's sights by Ron Jackson
Former IBF champion Malcolm Klassen has a chance of winning an IBO title in Australia later this month.
Another South African, Sipho Taliwe, will fight on the same card in Melbourne on May 16.
Klassen, a former SA feather weight and two-time IBF junior light weight champion, will challenge unbeaten Will Tomlinson for the IBO junior light weight belt.
Taliwe, the WBC international junior light weight champion, is scheduled to make the fifth defence of his title when he faces Matt Garlett from Perth.
The 32-year-old Klassen has a record of 27-5-2, with 14 wins inside the distance. The 26-year-old Tomlinson, who is from Sydney, stands at 20-0-1; 12.
Klassen has been a professional since May 1999. He won the vacant SA feather weight title in August 2005 when he beat Edward Mphofu over 12 rounds. He defended the belt three times before moving up to junior light weight.
He won the IBF title by beating Gary St Clair of Guyana in November 2006. But in his first defence he lost on points to another South African, Mzonke Fana.
Klassen regained the IBF title in April 2009 when he stopped Casius Baloyi in the seventh round and promptly lost it in his first defence - against Robert Guerrero, who has since failed in a crack at Floyd Mayweather's WBC welter weight title.
In November 2011 Klassen beat Daniel Lomeli in a fight for the low-key WBF junior light weight belt and last year he beat Baloyi and Bongani Mahlangu on points over eight rounds.
Tomlinson won the vacant IBO title in November 2011 when he out pointed Alan Herrera. Last year he made successful defenses against Daniel Ruiz and Irving Berry.
Taliwe hails from Aliwal North, is 32 years old and has a record of 17-2-1; 14. Garlett, 28, stands at 10-1; 6.
The South African fighters will have trainers Colin Nathan and Bernie Pailman in their corners.