Types of title defences
This happens when a champion is given a three-month period to defend his title against a fighter of his own choice.
This is when a fighter is mandated to put his championship belt on the line against an opponent who is sanctioned by Boxing SA.
Sometimes a particular challenger may be number one on the rung, but he may not necessarily be the mandatory challenger.
Said Peter Smith, Liebenberg’s trainer: “For us, the SA title defence will stay on hold. We are pursuing bigger bouts.”
Jeff Ellis, publisher of African Ring Magazine, said: “The BSA’s ultimatum is unfortunate because the dynamics of local professional boxing do not allow for champions to defend because there’s no television from the SABC to support boxing.”
A quick glance at the ratings shows that there has been a lull and many kingpins have not put their crowns on the line in a long time. Liebenberg has not defended his crown since winning the then vacant title by beating Makhosandile Zwengu at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, in September.
Instead, he opted for the vacant IBO international championship in Sweden, where he lost to Erik Skoglund last month. Buthelezi, who took the crown in June 2011, made four voluntary defences. They were against Sakhiwo Zoya (2011); Makhosandile Zwengu (2013); and Giovanni Bushby and Walter Dlamini (both in 2014).
But despite being a national title holder, Buthelezi did not allow a contest for his crown last year.
Weliya had the belt strapped around his waist in 2010 when he took the vacant championship after winning against Goodman Dywili in Johannesburg.
He has not competed since his win over Masixole Botile in a title defence in 2013.
Mhlongo won in 2011 by beating Page Tshesane for the vacant title. He defended two years later against Tebogo Malose.
Mhlongo has since been competing against international foes only.
Sinyabi last fought at the Orient Theatre, East London, in November and beat Oscar Chauke to win the SA title.
Sinyabi is concentrating on the IBO intercontinental crown.