Lerato DLAMINI (South Africa)

Dlamini stretched on way to WBC glory

by Golden Gloves South Africa

A a test of dominance and perseverance between Lerato “Lights Out” Dlamini and Sydney “Skeleton” Maluleka at Emperors Palace on Sunday afternoon.

Fighting for the vacant WBC International featherweight title, they began the fight with the mood of familiarity, a rhythm that changed quickly as both fighters suddenly seemed to realise what was at stake.

The beginning of the match saw Maluleka widening his stance to accommodate Dlamini’s height – much to his detriment, however.    Throughout the fight he mimicked Dlamini’s height and Dlamini took advantage of it.    Finding his technical groove as the fight went on, Dlamini began landing powerful combos.    Maluleka continually disregarded the potency of his reach and struggled to prise open Dlamini’s defence.

Making sure to dance his way out of Dlamini’s reach, Maluleka held his chin and kept his energy up from beginning to end. Crucially, Maluleka had a point deducted for holding in the ninth while Dlamini landed a cracker of a punch in the 10th, catching Maluleka off guard.    These were seemingly small moments but perhaps what made all the difference at the conclusion.

Dlamini seemed gassed in the middle but got a burst of energy from somewhere as the 12th round loomed, making a critical difference.    The final round saw Maluleka clipping Dlamini.   Both fighters stood their ground throughout and the points reflected that.    The WBC’s fourth-round tally had Maluleka in the lead where the eighth had it at 76 points for each fighter. Finally, a split decision was rendered for Dlamini to become WBC International featherweight champion – a result that the fight fans seemed happy with.

April 8th 2018

Emperors Palace , Kempton Park – South Africa

by Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions

Vacant WBC International 126 Lbs Championship

Lerato Dlamini South Africa            Kgs  57.05    W by SD 12

Sydney Maluleka South Africa       Kgs  56.84



*After a Super4 Tournament took place last October 21st to select the two co-challengers, Azinga Fuzile and Lerato Dlamini achieved the right to face each other for the vacant WBC International Featherweight title*

*The Committee was then reported that Fuzile was not able to fight in short terms. Therefore, it was deemed appropriate to free the division from a possible long inactivity and the above mentioned solution has been exceptionally approved.

In South Africa the fight is, however, considered an attraction and a much anticipated event*

Emperors Palace near Kempton Park   Saturday night 21st October 2017  promoted by Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions.

Super 4 featherweight tournament to select the two co-challengers to the vacant WBC International 126 Lbs vacant title Championship.

Tshifiwa Munyai vs    Azinga Fuzile                       Fuzile            WTKO3 at 2:41

Simphiwe Vetyeka    vs    Lerato Dlamini           Dlamini         W Majority Dec 10

Pictures above : Azinga FUZILE (aged 21 / 9-0-0, 4)  stops Munyai to win the first WBC International Eliminator.

Pictures above :   Lerato Dlamini (10-1-0, 6)  oupoints Vetyeka to win the second WBC International Eliminator

  Press release after the fight :

March action well set after Emperors excitement

Impressive Azinga Fuzile flails away against Tshifhiwa Munyai in the standout performance at Emperors Palace on Saturday night.   Two days after his explosive performance against Tshifhiwa Munyai, Azinga Fuzile continues to be the talk of the town.   Fuzile dismantled the former Commonwealth bantamweight champion in three painfully one-sided rounds to install himself as favourite for the Super Four featherweight tournament, which culminates at Emperors Palace on March 3rd.   “I told anyone who would listen that this boxer was special; now they’ve seen for themselves,” enthused promoter Rodney Berman. “The maturity he displayed for someone so young was remarkable. He’s a real talent and I look forward to seeing much more of him.”

Fuzile’s opponent next March will be Lerato Dlamini, who upset Simpiwe Vetyeka over 10 rounds.   Dlamini showed vigour and determination against the wily veteran, but he must somehow overcome the southpaw’s devastating speed and good angles in the final.

Report from WBC Supervisor Dr. Peter Ngatane

Thanks for the opportunity to supervise the above tournament.   It was a very successful event.  WBC was the winner.


This was youth vs experience.   Munyai the experienced one and Fuzile the youth.   Both boxers started very well, with Fuzile highly strategic.   In the second round Munyai was caught with a powerful punch.   He was dropped once and had a count of 8.   In the third round both boxers exchanged good boxing skills with Fuzile the counterpuncher.   In this round Munyai was caught with a good punch.   He went down for a count of 8.   In the subsequent exchange Fuzile pilled up the pressure and Munyai was dropped again.   He beat the count but was not recovered.   Referee stopped the proceedings 2 min 41 sec.      Fuzile won by TKO IN THE THIRD ROUND


In this fight also it was youth vs experience.   The fight was a humdinger with both boxers competitive.   It went the allocated ten (10) rounds.   The forth and eighth rounds scores were close.     At the end of ten rounds the scores were :

Ismael Koali    95:95      Draw

Simon Mokadi 93: 97     Dlamini

Ben Ncapai     94:96      Dlamini

DLAMINI won by majority decision

This means that the final would be fought by the exciting youth who won over experience


  The four fighters



Former WBC International champion in this weight class

Josh Warrington   Greta Britain

Dennis  TUBIERON     Draw  12   Carlo  MAGALI  for the vacant belt on  Dec 28, 2014  with the title to remain vacant


Cristian Mijares     Mexico

Lee Selby     Wales

Viorel  Simion     Romania

Jun Talape     Philippines

Alexandre  Miskirtchian     Tiblisi (Georgia)

Rachamongkol Sor Ploenchit, Sayan Sirimongkhon      Thailand

Bernabe Concepción     Philippines

Jeffrey Mathebula      South Africa

Alejandro Gonzalez      Mexico

Hyun Jae Hwang      Korea

Agapito Sanchez      Dominican  Republic

Istvan Kovacs      Hungary

H. Ulises Chong      Mexico

Miguel Francia      Argentina

SriKoon Naratchawat      Thailand

John Davison      Great Britain

Said Lawal      Nigeria

Dramane Nabaloum      Burkina Faso

Anthony Tshela      South Africa

Salvatore Bottiglieri        Italy

Juan Gerardo Cabrera   Argentina