Battered boxers try to bounce back

2012-09-08 15:25

Two bruised and battered knockout artists will be on a mission to redeem themselves in crucial battles today and on September 22.

First up, Macbute “Macman” Sinyabi defends the national junior featherweight crown against Oscar “Golden Boy” Chauke at East London’s Orient Theatre.

Later, Flo “Black Panther” Simba faces Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu in the semifinal of the Super 8 Cruiserweight clash at Emperors Palace.
The other semifinal confrontation is between Danie Venter and Zack Mwekassa.

Both Emperors Palace battles are over eight rounds.

East London’s Sinyabi and Gauteng’s Simba suffered setbacks in their previous battles when their fights were halted.

Sinyabi, in an International Boxing Federation world super bantamweight title eliminator, surrendered in round 10 against Thangthong Kiattaweesuk in Thailand on May 18.

Referee Tony Nyangiwe controversially declared Mchunu a winner over Simba at Emperors Palace on June 16 after stopping the fight in round one.

The clobbered boxer’s camp protested Nyangiwe had intervened prematurely, and Boxing SA ordered a rematch.

Sinyabi and Simba, whose punches have taken most adversaries to slumberland, were once believed to be potential world beaters.

In 20 paid battles, Sinyabi has never had to hear the sound of the last bell, spectacularly knocking out 18 foes, but also crumbling twice.

Some experts think Sinyabi, Mzansi’s most articulate fighter, is the country’s best fighter, pound for pound.

His Thai conqueror, Kiattaweesuk, may perhaps only have proven the East Londoner is the best of the worst.

All Sinyabi was prepared to say was: “Great fighters have been knocked out but returned.”

His opponent Chauke has surrendered just once, in round two against Bonani Hlwatika, in 36 battles.

He won 28, (10 on knockouts) suffering six losses and drawing twice.

Simba, who knocked out 10 of his 12 victims in 15 fights, looked razor-sharp at training at the Rand Stadium Gymnasium in Johannesburg this week.

He displayed superb reflexes as he punched the bag, pads and boxed against an imaginary foe, watched by his trainers.

“I did not engage in this competition to lose, though I partly take responsibility for the way my fight ended against Mchunu,” said Simba.

“I will make certain the referee will not have to barge in again.”

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