News August 2018

Azinga “Golden Boy” Fuzile plots world success after dazzling title victory


By Michael J Jones

LAST MONTH in East London, South Africa, unbeaten Azinga Fuzile raised his unblemished record to eleven wins with a resounding stoppage of power-punching Nigerian Waidi Usman. The win saw the “Golden Boy” claim the IBF Continental Africa title and further boost his chances of fighting for a full world title in the near future.

Although just 11-0 (6) after almost four years a pro, the 22 year old uses a style and ring generalship that usually only veteran fighters can display. The gifted South African’s stance is similar to Floyd Mayweather’s only from the southpaw position of using the right-hand as the lead. Fuzile has fast hands and feet and has a great ring IQ along with patience and no shortage of power.

Although his resume only consists of eleven bouts, he beat tough and experienced Macbute Sinyabi in just his fourth fight and has also crushed former world-ranked danger-man Tshifhiwi Munyai in just three rounds. The latter success was eye-catching as he became only the second man after (then-WBA champion) Scott Quigg to stop Munyai inside of the distance.

Speaking exclusively to Livefight, the talented Fuzile begins by talking about his last contest; the seventh-round knock-out of Usman on July 29th.

“The fight went according to plan, though my opponent was too defensive, but eventually I knocked him out” Azinga tells Livefight. “This was my first contest since moving up to the super-featherweight limit but I was very comfortable and I wouldn’t mind two more fights (at 130lbs), then maybe get a shot at a world title afterwards.”

Usman proved no match for the streaking South African. The Nigerian seemed to feel the power of Fuzile early on and proceeded to box a defensive fight on the back-foot. Just as the favourite appeared to be settling for a distance victory, he stepped on the gas in the seventh to rock his opponent with a big left. A follow up flurry was enough to bring the referee’s intervention.

It was Usman’s first KO loss in seventeen contests.

Fuzile appears to have a terrific defence with several of his previous opponents finding it hard to land any kind of telling blow to his chin. There are vastly tougher fights out there than his opponents to date but if he can continue to dominate at a higher level “Golden Boy” could prove very hard to beat.

Two men in the super-featherweight division who have turned heads recently are newly crowned world champions Masayuki Ito of Japan and Tevin Farmer of the US. The former won the vacant WBO crown against previously-unbeaten Christopher Diaz while the latter picked up the IBF belt with a unanimous decision over Billy Dib in Australia.

“I watched both fights but am ready to fight anyone both (Ito’s and Farmer’s) fighting styles are interesting but I would counter-punch them all night. My strength as a boxer is that I respect everyone I face and take every fight seriously. Myself as a boxer, well what can I say I? I’m just unpredictable.”

Livefight asks about the “Golden Boy’s” two key victories to date, besting the 29-4 Sinyabi early in his career to become SA champion and that early stoppage of Munyai last October.

“Thanks to RAP (Rumble Africa Promotions) and my Trainer Chief Njekanye, they had confidence in me and I also believed in myself and that I was ready to be a champion (against Sinyabi); you know in everything there’s time for younger generation to take over.”

Fuzile breezed to a clear unanimous decision over the nine-years-older Sinyabi who was unbeaten in his six previous contests to show he wasn’t on the slide when Azinga bested him.

“A lot of people thought that I was in too deep against Munyai” Smiles Azinga. “I feel that proved that I can step up and perform at a world class level. So yes I am ready. I would like to think of myself as a thinking fighter. A fighter who can adapt to the situation presented to me in the ring by my opponent.”

Fuzile was known as a flashy and talented prospect before facing Munyai but many doubted his punching power with just three stoppage wins in his eight previous contests but he absolutely bamboozled Munyai, dropping him three times to end the contest in just three rounds.

It can be a tricky affair to get a talented fighter to be recognised on the world stage but Fuzile has the ability, flare and dedication to succeed at the highest level if he’s given the opportunity. His last win brought him a number 15 ranking with the IBF so perhaps a match against champion Tevin Farmer, currently 26-4-1 (5) can be arranged for the end of this year or early in 2019.

The world super-featherweight rankings are littered with big-names from past and present. Mexico’s Miguel Berchelt is the WBC champion while big-hitting Gervonta Davis sits as WBA ruler. Also in the rankings are names such as Jhonny Gonzalez, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Orlando Salido to show there is plenty of depth at 130lbs.

“I would think I am 12-18 months away from a world title shot, maybe three-to-four fights away given that period but I’m ready for the chance against any of the current champions” reasons the 22 year old Azinga.

Boxing is rarely easy to predict but Fuzile could be a name we hear much more of in the future as, at 22, he’s only going to get better with experience.

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