Macman eyes bigger IBO crown
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