IBF champ Joyi’s foe to arrive

2012-03-26 14:07

International Boxing Federation (IBF) world minimum weight title top contender Katsunari Takayama arrives in East London tomorrow ahead of his challenge against champion Nkosinathi Joyi.

The pair will square off in a much-anticipated bout on Saturday at the Orient Theatre in East London – a happy hunting ground for homeboy Joyi. This will be the second time Takayama touches down on South African soil.

Joyi’s promoter Branco Milenkovic, fresh from promoting another IBF world title fight at the weekend, confirmed the Japanese boxer was set to arrive in town tomorrow night.

On Saturday night, Jeffrey Mathebula annexed the IBF junior featherweight title when he outpointed Takalani Ndlovu at Carnival City.

This Saturday promises to be more exhilarating as both Joyi and his challenger have a point to prove after their last fight, last January, ended in a no-contest when Takayama suffered a cut to the head.

Former WBC/WBA world champ Takayama will be feeling the pressure more, however, as most pundits put him on the back foot.

Joyi’s camp confirmed discussions with the SABC over a possible live screening of the match. International Boxing Federation (IBF) world minimum weight title top contender Katsunari Takayama arrives in East London tomorrow ahead of his challenge against champion Nkosinathi Joyi.

The pair will square off in a much-anticipated bout on Saturday at the Orient Theatre in East London – a happy hunting ground for homeboy Joyi. This will be the second time Takayama touches down on South African soil.

Joyi’s promoter Branco Milenkovic, fresh from promoting another IBF world title fight at the weekend, confirmed the Japanese boxer was set to arrive in town tomorrow night.

On Saturday night, Jeffrey Mathebula annexed the IBF junior featherweight title when he outpointed Takalani Ndlovu at Carnival City.

This Saturday promises to be more exhilarating as both Joyi and his challenger have a point to prove after their last fight, last January, ended in a no-contest when Takayama suffered a cut to the head.

Former WBC/WBA world champ Takayama will be feeling the pressure more, however, as most pundits put him on the back foot.

Joyi’s camp confirmed discussions with the SABC over a possible live screening of the match.

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