Siyo is in line for Hex­e­cu­tion

New kid on the block thinks he can de­throne the WBA champ

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Box­ing’s new kid on the block Siyabonga Siyo is gun­ning for Hekkie “Hex­e­cu­tioner” Budler’s World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA) min­i­mumweight ti­tle.

Af­ter beat­ing Filipino Lito Dante by unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion to win the then va­cant WBA in­ter­na­tional crown at Ori­ent Theatre, East Lon­don, two weeks ago, the 26-yearold Dun­can Vil­lage boxer says he can­not wait for the op­por­tu­nity to chal­lenge Budler.

The in­ter­na­tional ti­tle is one step away from the cham­pi­onship.

Ru­mours have al­ready started do­ing the rounds about a pos­si­ble match-up be­tween Siyo and Budler.

The Hex­e­cu­tioner also holds the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion cham­pi­onship belt. He is ar­guably the coun­try’s best boxer in the di­vi­sion since the late Ja­cob “Baby Jake” Matlala.

Budler is next sched­uled to put his crown on the line against Simphiwe Khonco at Em­per­ors Palace, Kemp­ton Park, on Septem­ber 19.

There­after, the Hex­e­cu­tioner will con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity of a bout with Siyo. That’s only if Budler wins, of course, and it could still hap­pen as early as this year.

This is the clash Khonco’s camp has been yearn­ing for, to prove that their charge has what it takes to de­throne the best. Siyo is champ­ing at the bit. “I’m dy­ing to fight Budler and prove that I’m the best in the di­vi­sion. The pro­mot­ers are look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity of stag­ing that bout some­time in De­cem­ber,” said Siyo.

He said he was keep­ing his fin­gers crossed for Budler to win against Khonco.

Budler said he would not get into the ring with Siyo at the mo­ment.

“He should first be in the top ten po­si­tion be­fore I can give him a shot at my ti­tle,” said Budler.

Ac­cord­ing to Si­juta Pro­mo­tions owner Andile Si­dinile, Siyo has a bright fu­ture.

“He has a spe­cial tal­ent that will en­able him to win the world ti­tle. It will be nice for him to fight Budler,” said Si­dinile.

Siyo’s vic­tory brought his un­blem­ished pro­fes­sional record to nine wins. So im­pres­sive was he on the night that he slipped punches with pre­ci­sion to un­set­tle the Filipino.

Si­dinile said his charge would not fight for the na­tional ti­tle.

“There’s no need for him to go for the South African crown be­cause we have lined up in­ter­na­tional fights for him.

He should win them all and get a world ti­tle crack,” said Si­dinile.

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