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Swiss Hope Meuli Fights Former World Champ For WBF Title
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PREVIEW   Photo: Zino Meuli (left) and Tsiko Mulovhedzi clash for WBF International Welterweight title on August 25 in Switzerland.

Undefeated Swiss Welterweight-hope Zino Meuli (25) will be taking a huge step up in class when he fights for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) International title on August 25 at the Bodensee-Arena in Kreuzlingen.

Since turning professional in December of 2015, Meuli has compiled an unblemished 11-0 (6) record and done everything that's been asked of him, but he has never been in with anyone of the calibre he will be facing in his careers first championship fight.

In the opposite corner will be former IBO World Welterweight Champion Tsiko “Cruel Junior” Mulovhedzi from South Africa, a man who has fought, and been successful, levels above what the local man has operated at, and brings an amazing career story.

Mulovhedzi, 12-8-3 (6), made his debut in 2005 with a victory, but quickly slid into the role of journeyman. Four years later his record stood at an underwhelming 3-7-1 (1), and not even the greatest of optimists could see him achieving anything noteworthy.

But his fortune started to change with a draw against former South African Champion Amon Baloyi (13-5-2) in September 2010, and less than a year later he beat Boitshepo Mandawe (12-2) to win the South African national title.

Title defences against Kyle Smith (7-1), Ntuthuko Memela (10-0-1), Mziwoxolo Ndwayana (11-2-2) and Mzolizi Yoyo (22-6), set him up for a crack at IBO World Champion, and former WBF World Champion, Ali Funeka (36-4-3) in July of 2015.

Underdog Mulovhedzi totally destroyed Funeka, flooring him four times before the fight was halted in the fifth round. He made one defense of the IBO World title, in April of 2016, out-pointing Mexican Jesus Gurrola (21-7-3), before politics stripped him of the crown without losing it in the ring.

He since won and lost the IBF Intercontinental title, and is 9-1-2 (5) in his last twelve outings. With his superiority in experience, and proven class, the South African must be considered a favourite going in, despite Meuli´s home-court advantage.

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