Mchunu ready to return to ring after two year absence

Written by on 21 March, 2024

By Ayanda Nyuswa

KZN Boxing sensation Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu says he is ready to make his return to the ring after two years of being inactive, as he is set to face Argentinian Yamil Alberto Peralta on Friday at the Olive Convention centre in Durban. The two fighters will clash for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Cruiserweight title, in a fight card that is hosted by Mvelo Boxing Promotions in partnership with the KZN Department of Sports and Recreation, Durban Toursim and SABC Sport.

The Rock will return to the ring for the first time since January 2022, a fight he lost by split decision against DR Congo’s Ilunga Junior Makabu, and will be looking to reclaim the WBC Silver Cruiserweight title he captured in 2019 against Russia’s Denis Lebedev. The topic of ring rust was one of the big talking points surrounding the man who hails from Cato Ridge in KZN, after being inactive for while, but the Southpaw says he does not believe in ring rust, as he has been living a healthy life which has allowed him to stay in great shape during his long lay off.

“I live a healthy lifestyle I don’t drink I don’t smoke, people get shocked when I tell them that,” said Mchunu speaking to reporters at the official press conference ahead of the fight.

“I am always at the gym, as I said I am a big guy and once I stop training I gain a lot of weight. I am very strict on my weight, I even got a scale at my house. I check my weight almost every day so I live a very healthy lifestyle, I make sure I am at the gym, I am running, I also play Soccer sometimes but I do Boxing more. I don’t really believe in ring rust, I live a healthy lifestyle and I believe it won’t have much effect on me (inactivity) because I have been in the same position before, there was lockdown where I stayed one and a half year without fighting, then after that I fought an Olympian and I won very convincingly, that’s why I say I don’t believe in ring rust,” the Cruiserweight added.

In Peralta, Mchunu is facing a former Olympian who is coming into the fight with a record of sixteen wins in seventeen bouts, with just one defeat he suffered at the hands of Canada’s Ryan Rozicki. Since that loss the Argentine has recorded three TKO victories in a row at his home country, and will once again step into enemy territory looking for his first win away from home. Mchunu says he respects the Argentine and the pedigree he brings into the ring, but believes he is the better fighter and his experience of fighting the best around the world will come in handy on fight night.

“I respect him as a Boxer but I believe I am way better than him, I have been around the World and I have fought the best in the World,” said Mchunu.

“I have done my homework my preperation has gone well. I have been training very much for this fight, it means a lot to me and I believe I will get the victory. He is not the tallest, I have fought a lot more taller guys and I am quicker. But I am ready for anything he might try to run away, definetely sure he is not faster than me so I don’t know how he is going to land. I will make sure that I engage first and I land first so that will force him to try to engage more cause you can’t run away while you are losing the fight. For me it’s just to dominate and be in control of the fight, that is how I will win the fight.”

Picture: Boxing Scene

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