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Klassen vs. Lomeli, A New Chapter Of A Fairytale Career


Becoming a world champion in your chosen sport is quite an accomplishment.

Former two-time world champion Malcolm Klassen is going for his third world crown on November 19 at the Monte Casino in Johannesburg, South Africa where he battles Mexican-American Daniel Lomeli for the vacant World Boxing Federation Super Featherweight title on Showpony Promotions Urban War event.

Klassen (24-5-2, 15 KOs) was originally scheduled to fight Rafael Guzman, who was sadly murdered outside his home in Mexico last month, but in Lomeli (21-2, 11 KOs) Showpony boss Damian Michael has a very qualified replacement lined up.

Should Klassen beat Lomeli and consequently become a three-time champion, it will only add to the fairytale story that is his professional boxing career. “Stone”, as is his ring moniker, only managed to win three of his first six paid fights, and lost again in his eleventh outing. That’s usually not the way future three-time world champions are built.

In 2005 Klassen won the South African Featherweight title, a championship he successfully defended three times to set up a 2006 clash with IBF World Super Featherweight Champion Gairy St. Clair from Guyana on home soil in Kempton Park, Gauteng. Virtually an unknown, Klassen fought the fight of his life and won his first world title by split decision.

Five months later Klassen was on the wrong end of another close decision when he lost a split verdict to countryman Mzonke Fana, surrendering the world title in his first defense. But four impressive stoppage victories, including a very unlikely one of former six-time world champion Manuel Medina in a title-eliminator, secured Klassen a chance to get back what used to be his.


Another South African, Cassius Baloyi, had captured the IBF world championship from Mzonke Fana in 2008, so instead of getting revenge against Fana, Klassen had to settle for “beating the man who beat the man”. Once again the underdog, Klassen did just that in 2009 when he stopped Baloyi in seven rounds to regain the IBF belt.

As is well known, all good things come to an end. But for Klassen it came to an end a lot sooner than he had anticipated when he was again dethroned, this time by American star Robert Guerrero in Houston, USA just four months later. Guerrero won on points, but, still only 29 years old, Klassen proved he just might have plenty of good fights left in him.

After all, as former World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield has been known to say, a setback is just another opportunity for a comeback!

Those are words that Daniel Lomeli can relate to. Currently in the midst of his prime at age twenty-five, he turned pro in 2007 and won his first sixteen bouts before being upset by Eduardo Escobedo in 2009. After only one comeback victory he was derailed again in 2010 when he dropped a technical decision to former WBC world champion Cesar Soto following a clash of heads that split open Lomeli’s right eyelid.

But since that unfortunate night against Soto, Lomeli has not looked back and is on a four fight winning streak with plans of finally fulfilling his great potential. Last time out he beat WBA world title-challenger Josafat Perez to prove his mettle, and he will be looking to shock the South African boxing fans on November 19 and turn Klassen’s dreams into a nightmare, and the fairytale into a horror-story.

Malcolm Klassen vs. Daniel Lomeli is one of six WBF title fights on the Urban War bill.

November 2, 2011


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