Funeka ready to defend IBO title
International Boxing Organisation (IBO) welterweight champion Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka will finally get a chance to defend his title – after almost eight months of uncertainty.
The 37-year-old will take on Limpopo challenger Tsiko Mulovhedzi at the East London International Convention Centre on July 24.
Funeka has not fought since beating Russian Roman Belaev to win the then vacant crown in November.
“I feel very happy to be afforded the chance to defend my crown.
“I have been worried that I might lose my title due to a lack of fights,” said Funeka, whose ring record reads 36 wins, four defeats and three draws in 43 outings.
Mulovhedzi (27) holds the national crown and has 19 professional bouts.
“I’m ready to teach Funeka a boxing lesson because I have been training very hard,” said Mulovhedzi.
Xaba Promotions is managing the event, with the undercard featuring IBO junior bantamweight kingpin Lwandile Sityatha, who will defend his title against Gideon Buthelezi.
Meanwhile, local cruiserweight kingpin Deon Coetzee will put his championship belt on the line against Kevin Lerena at Emperors Palace on July 30.
Coetzee won the then vacant championship by stopping Bevan Beckman in the ninth round last July.