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On a Saturday evening, Phikelelani Khumalo, a former Golden Arrows and Maritzburg United MultiChoice Diski Challenge(now Dstv Diski Challenge) center forward, made a surprising announcement via his Instagram account.

KZN middlefielder junior champion Phikelelani Khumalo with South African music superstar Big Zulu.

The retired footballer, who once graced the soccer fields, unveiled his intention to defend his KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) junior middleweight championship.

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In an unexpected turn of events, Khumalo has transitioned from the world of soccer to the boxing ring.

The Press Conference Revelation

Khumalo shared a series of photos from the press conference where he disclosed his boxing ambitions.

The event took place on Saturday evening, and it was evident from the photos that Khumalo was brimming with enthusiasm for his new journey.

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He appeared confident and ready to embrace this bold career move.

An Encounter with Big Zulu

One of the photos from the Instagram post showed Khumalo in a star-studded environment, as he had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with the award-winning and multi-platinum-selling Hip Hop artist, Big Zulu.

Big Zulu himself is gearing up for a celebrity boxing match against Phumlani Njilo.

The convergence of these two worlds—sports and entertainment—reflects the growing trend of crossover events that capture the public’s imagination.

Khumalo’s Words of Gratitude and Excitement

In a caption accompanying his Instagram post, Khumalo expressed his gratitude and excitement regarding the forthcoming challenge.

He wrote, “Great news. Thank you, Jesus. I’ll be defending my strap at the end of this year. Make sure y’all (you all) follow for more updates.”

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This statement clearly reflects his enthusiasm for the upcoming bout.

Khumalo’s Boxing Journey

While Khumalo’s soccer career is well-documented, his venture into boxing is a relatively new chapter in his life.

He currently holds the KZN junior middleweight championship, a title that he intends to defend at the end of the year.

This transition into boxing presents both an exciting and challenging opportunity for Khumalo as he seeks to make a name for himself in a different sporting arena.

Boxing Record

Khumalo’s boxing journey has seen him compete in a total of seven matches.

Out of these, he has secured victory in five, showcasing his potential and skill in the boxing ring.

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However, he has also faced two defeats, which highlight the competitive nature of the sport.

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