Fight is on for Mzonke Fana to reclaim IBF crown

2011-07-16 15:09

Mzonke Fana’s new manager Mava Malla says he will move heaven and earth to ensure that his boxer is reinstated as world champion.

After City Press reported in May that Fana (37) was training on his own for his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight title defence against Argenis Mendez (25), he was stripped of his title. Mendez is from the Dominican

The aborted bout, which was to be promoted by Branco Productions, was scheduled for June 11 at Carnival City in Ekurhuleni.

Initially, Branco Productions’s boss Branco “Baby” Milenkovic announced that he had cancelled the fight after reading the story. And what followed was the IBF’s mysterious decision to declare Fana’s crown vacant.

The IBF officials have seemingly bobbed and weaved from explaining their reasons for taking such an arbitrary decision.

City Press’s efforts to get hold of the international body to get clarity have drawn a blank, and no one is prepared to explain why the boxer was deposed, including Fana himself, Malla and Boxing SA (BSA).

Malla, the former chief executive of the then SA National Boxing Control Commission, pointed out that he was accustomed to fighting for justice. “At the moment, I am organising all the parties involved to get around the table and see to it that this matter is resolved.”

Malla, who is a lawyer by profession, said he had written to IBF as he needed to brainstorm with all the parties – Milenkovic, Fana, BSA, IBF.

Asked why he was engaging in a fight only three months after returning to the game, Malla said: “Boxing comprises of war throughout.

“Fights don’t start in the ring but the moment a forthcoming battle is announced.”

Other boxers handled by Malla were flyweights Vuyani Kheswa and Mfundo Gwanyana, junior lightweight Xolani Madikane and featherweight Themba Tshicila.

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