Thabiso Mchunu calls out Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
South African cruiserweight contender Thabiso Mchunu wants a shot at Polish WBC titleholder Krzysztof Wlodarczyk should he successfully get past Saturday’s clash with Garrett Wilson on NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Conn.
Mchunu (16-1, 11 knockouts), 26, will face Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs) one week prior to a WBC title defense by Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 35 KOs) against Russia’s Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27 KOs) on a Sept. 27 card supported by Russian WBA counterpart Denis Lebedev opposite Poland’s Pawel Kolodziej in Krylatskoye, Moscow.
“I want to fight the guy with the WBC belt from Poland,” said Mchunu, referring to W┼éodarczyk. “That’s just the belt that I want right now, so I want to fight him.”
Mchunu has won six consecutive fights, four of them by knockout, since, being stopped in the sixth round by Zack Mwekassa in September 2011.
In his last fight in January, Mchunu unanimously decisioned Nigerian Olanrewaju Durodola, ending his streak of eight consecutive knockouts.
Before facing Durodola, Mchunu virtually shut out former heavyweight title challenger Eddie Chambers in a unanimous decision victory in Aug. 2013.
“In difficulty, I’m a different boxer. I do things differently in the ring. Not only do I have power but the guys that I fight, they can’t believe my style. I can counter-punch and when I do that, they realize they’re in for a long day,” said Mchunu.
“When it comes to my power, I have power; I can punch. My style is just very unique compared to all of the other cruiserweights. They never want to fight me again. The guys that I fight throughout the whole fight. It’s always going to be very difficult for them.”
Wilson, 32, has lost his last two fights by unanimous decision to cruiserweight Alexander Alekseev in February 2013 and unbeaten heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov in November.
“This guy is going to be fighting a cruiserweight, not a heavyweight. It’s going to be harder for him against me because those guys at heavyweight are lazier and not as fast as the cruiserweights. Those guys are not as skillful as the guys in cruiserweight division,” said Mchunu.
“This is going to be a different situation for him on fight night. It’s going to be easy. It’s going to be very hard for him, the places where I’m going to take him to. I think that I need to win convincingly by either a knockout or on points in order to get the title shot. I’ve seen all of the cruiserweight titleholders and none of them is better than me. None of them can beat me.”