Types of ti­tle de­fences

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Vol­un­tary

This hap­pens when a cham­pion is given a three-month pe­riod to de­fend his ti­tle against a fighter of his own choice.

Manda­tory

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.

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