Hot-shot Thysse gets his big crack

Exciting Brandon Thysse returns to the Emperors Palace ring for a title shot next month.

There’s a terrific addition to the “Emperors Explosion” tournament on September 9.

SA junior-middleweight champion Nkululeko Mhlongo will defend his belt against big-hitting prospect Brandon Thysse.

It’s a fascinating fight with the battle-hardened Mhlongo, of KwaZulu-Natal, against a youngster who is fast, ambitious and hits exceptionally hard. The son of former SA champion Andre, the youngster has dominated local rings since turning pro two years ago. He is rated the number one contender.

The big question mark coming in is whether he has the experience to pull off a win against someone with twice as many bouts and an iron chin to boot. But trainer Harold Volbrecht is a wily reader of the local fight game and won’t have accepted the assignment if he didn’t believe Thysse could pull it off.

The fight replaces the Xolisani Ndongeni bout, which has been scrapped.

“Thysse has barely put a foot wrong since he turned pro,” said Rodney Berman. “He definitely ranks among the best young talent out there. Better still, he’s exciting and punches with ferocity – and that’s what the fans deserve.”