WORLD BOXING FEDERATION
from Mthatha, won the then vacant crown by beating Siyabonga Siyo by a unanimous decision at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park in June.
He comes into the ring with a record of 16 wins and five defeats in 21 fights. Mabhere, who is three years the champion’s senior, is an experienced customer with 26 victories and four losses in 30 fights. He is from Mdantsane in East London.
“As the champion, I have to dish out a good fight by winning and keeping my title intact. This clash means a lot to me. I will beat Mabhere and satisfy my fans,” Khonco said.
Mabhere said a new champion would be crowned this afternoon: “Look, I’m more experienced than Khonco, having had more fights than him. I will be fighting before my home fans and should take him out in the first six rounds.”
Joyi previously held the International Boxing Federation and IBO belts.
The tournament is dedicated to ailing East London mentor Mzimasi Mnguni. The 67-year-old trainer and promoter produced many world titlists in the province.
The main supporting bout on the five-bout card will be the African Boxing Union middleweight match between Lee Dyer and Giovanni Bushby. Another clash will be the Eastern Cape featherweight encounter between Lwandile Zinto and Aphiwe Masangwana.
WBF president Howard Goldberg said they stripped Mzonke of his title because he had been inactive for 15 months.