Preston boxer aims to 'Ram' raid his way to top

Michael Ramabeletsa has a date with destiny tomorrow evening which could catapult his boxing career into a different stratosphere.

Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 12:30 pm
Preston boxer Michael Ramabeletsa could propel himself into the world top 20 on Friday when he takes on Chris Bourke for the vacant WBC international silver super bantamweight title

The South African-born Preston resident takes on Chris Bourke for the vacant WBC international silver super bantamweight title in London – a contest which will be screened live on BTSport. At 38-years-old, Ramabeletsa is perceived as a journeyman who has lost nearly as many fights as he has won.

But a victory over his 26-year-old opponent in Stratford will hand him a world ranking inside the top 15 or 10.

That could enable him to push ahead with plans to push towards fighting for a world title next year.

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Twelve years younger, Bourke – who has won all eight of his professional fights so far – certainly has youth on his side but Ramabeletsa believes his experience will prove pivotal.

“Chris a good prospect,” said Ramabeletsa, who won the English title in 2017 when he defeated Ryan Walker at the iconic York Hall, in Bethnal Green.

“He hasn’t boxed anyone that I have boxed and I don’t think he’s ever been tested in the fights he’s had so far. I am very confident that I will come away with the win.

“I think I will stop him. I don’t see the fight going the distance. It’s a massive opportunity for me and will propel me into the top rankings in the world.”

As per Covid-19 restriction, there will be no fans inside the arena but Ramabeletsa insists that is something which will not faze him.

“To be honest, I am used to being the away fighter,” said the Smart Fit fighter, who has only ever been stopped once in his career.

“I am used to having the crowd against me so having no crowd will make no difference to me.”

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