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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.

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