Mac­man eyes big­ger IBO crown

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­

Long-reign­ing SA feath­er­weight cham­pion Macbute “Mac­man” Sinyabi says he is look­ing for­ward to giv­ing up his na­tional ti­tle so that he can con­cen­trate on chal­leng­ing home­boy Lu­sanda Ko­man­isi in an In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IBO) cham­pi­onship re­match.

Both East Lon­don pugilists ex­changed blows for the then va­cant IBO crown at the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in East Lon­don two years ago, with Ko­man­isi win­ning with a fifth-round tech­ni­cal knock­out.

Sinyabi, the cur­rent IBO in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal king­pin, has de­fended his na­tional belt 10 times since win­ning it in 2008.

“I feel the time is ripe for me to va­cate my SA ti­tle. It will be nice to do so while I go for Ko­man­isi’s crown, which I be­lieve I will win con­vinc­ingly this time around,” said Sinyabi.

The 28-year-old boxer said it would be ideal for any of his sta­ble­mates to “in­herit” his na­tional belt while he him­self fought Ko­man­isi, with whom “I have un­fin­ished busi­ness”.

“At the mo­ment, there are lots of great fight­ers in our sta­ble in Mdantsane and I’m hope­ful my cham­pi­onship belt will be won by one of our fight­ers in the gym.”

Sinyabi said he was op­ti­mistic about be­ing crowned the new IBO ti­tle holder in the near fu­ture.

He lifted the in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal crown by out­point­ing Filipino Randy Braga in 12 rounds at the


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