Mac­man sets sights on School­boy’s IBO ti­tle

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

Macbute “Mac­man” Sinyabi is deter­mined to re­gain the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IBO) feath­er­weight ti­tle that has been stripped from his home­boy, Lu­sanda “School­boy” Ko­man­isi.

Ko­man­isi, who is from Mdantsane, East Lon­don, had his crown taken away by the sanc­tion­ing body in Jan­uary for fail­ing to de­fend it. He had been in­ac­tive for more than nine months, which is in con­tra­ven­tion of the IBO rules that stip­u­late that a cham­pion must de­fend his crown within nine months of win­ning it.

The cham­pi­onship is va­cant now and Mac­man be­lieves he stands a chance to fight for it as he claims he is the num­ber one con­tender.

Sinyabi (30) cur­rently holds the IBO in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal and in­ter­na­tional di­adems.

“As a top con­tender in the same di­vi­sion, I de­serve a chance to fight for the va­cant crown,” said Sinyabi.

“I’m deter­mined to bring back glory to our town­ship by bring­ing back the IBO belt to where it be­longs – Mdantsane.”

Sinyabi lost to School­boy by a fifth-round knock­out for the same cham­pi­onship that was va­cant at the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in East Lon­don in 2014.

But he was em­bar­rassed by Azinga Fuzile, who beat him by a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion to re­lieve him of his na­tional ti­tle at the Ori­ent Theatre in East Lon­don in Septem­ber.

Now, Mac­man is hell­bent on fix­ing his dented im­age by win­ning the world cham­pi­onship again.

“I feel I can chal­lenge Fuzile for a re­match at any time and beat him this time around. I’ve worked on past mis­takes. But my pri­or­ity at the mo­ment is to fight for the IBO crown.”

Sinyabi, who is trained by Dowi Mzini, is hop­ing to have a warm-up bout shortly against an over­seas op­po­nent.

“Dowi ... is cur­rently ne­go­ti­at­ing to get me in ac­tion to keep me in good shape. Noth­ing con­crete has been or­gan­ised at the mo­ment.”

Mac­man has won 29 fights and lost five in 34 pro­fes­sional fights.

PHOTO: THEMBA MAKOFANE

FO­CUSED Macbute Sinyabi is gun­ning for an IBO ti­tle shot

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