It’s a war of the big punchers

2011-03-19 20:04

Boxing followers must overlook the “lukewarm” multiple world championship scheduled for Nasrec and Emperors Palace on the same night on Saturday.

A confrontation that will leave tongues wagging for a long time, according to promoter ­Mzimasi Mnguni, takes place seven days later.

Knockout artist Macbute ­Sinyabi defends the national junior featherweight crown against unbeaten Thabo ­Sonjinca at the Orient Theatre, East London, on April 2.

The stature of fights, shenanigans, acrimony, jostling and arrogant illusions having to do with the Emperors Palace and Nasrec shows colliding on the same night captured publicity.

As a result, the Orient Theatre battle, which was originally pencilled in for March 26, was so dwarfed that impresario Mnguni saw the need to postpone it to a week later.

Mnguni said: “I was forced to shift my tournament, otherwise the fight followers may ignore it and miss a battle that has the potential to turn out the most entertaining in 2011.”

Why does the national junior featherweight contest stand to be the most memorable?

Both Sinyabi and Sonjinca are in their prime and have the ­capacity to take each other’s heads off with one shot.

The challenger is unbeaten in 14 bouts, having held on to an unblemished record and knocking out eight of his adversaries.

All the champion’s 19 wars have not gone the distance – he poleaxed 18 foes and was also left flip-flopping in the other battle.

Both combatants were born in townships that have had boxing rivalry for years – ­Sinyabi in Mdantsane and ­Sonjinca in nearby Duncan ­Village.

Each township believes it is superior over the other in the ring and often ridicules the ­other by referring to the ­residents as “moegoes” and ­“baris” ­(imbeciles).

Vuyani Bungu, the best junior featherweight fighter in South Africa, was born in Mdantsane.

And Mbulelo Botile, once regarded as the best bantamweight in the world, pound for pound, by Ring Magazine, was born in Duncan Village.

Perhaps there has never been a junior featherweight locally to match Sinyabi’s record.

When he lands punches ­solidly, there is no man who can stand up to them.

This can be attested by 18 of his victims who have failed to last the distance.

Opposition suspects that ­Sinyabi takes to the ring with a concealed sledgehammer as foes have found themselves out of their depth, folding under the ­sustained attack.

It is difficult finding any fighter willing to risk trading punches with him, and Sonjinca deserves credit for challenging him.

He has never been off his feet, and Sinyabi has been floored a few times but would bounce back and subsequently knock out an opponent.

Boxing lovers have been ­calling for this clash, and ­Mnguni deserves accolades for beating his rivals to the punch by clinching it.

Mnguni said: “These men ‘ba phethe amabhunguza, (they are carrying knob kieries) and war will certainly erupt.”

The main fight on the undercard will feature Unathi ­Gqokoma defending the national junior bantamweight crown against ­Miniyakhe Sityatha.

Fans should look out forward to drama, blood and pulsation at the Orient Theatre.

» Meanwhile, Daily Dispatch reports that Sihle Mnguni’s bid to continue as Sinyabi’s manager failed at the Bisho High Court four days ago.

According to the newspaper, the court ruled two years ago that Sinyabi’s contract, which he signed with ­Sihle – who is ­Mzimasi’s younger brother – on October 17 2008, was lawfully cancelled.

Sihle disputed this in vain.


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