Mac­man quits box­ing to serve schools

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

For­mer South African feath­er­weight cham­pion Macbute “Mac­man” Sinyabi has hung up his box­ing gloves to pur­sue the busi­ness of de­liv­er­ing sta­tionery to schools in East Lon­don.

The 30-year-old Mdantsane-based Sinyabi last fought in Septem­ber, when he sur­ren­dered his crown to in­ex­pe­ri­enced Azinga “Golden Boy” Fuzile by a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion at the Ori­ent The­atre in East Lon­don.

The un­ex­pected de­feat dented Sinyabi’s il­lus­tri­ous ring record, which had seen him make nine suc­cess­ful de­fences of the na­tional su­per ban­tamweight crown since turn­ing pro­fes­sional in 2006.

The for­mer International Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion international feath­er­weight cham­pion took the na­tional feath­er­weight crown from Os­car Chauke on points in 2015.

A vet­eran of 34 pro­fes­sional fights, with 29 wins and five de­feats, Mac­man said he de­cided to re­tire from the ring to pur­sue busi­ness.

“I’ve de­cided that it’s time to leave box­ing and open my own busi­ness of de­liv­er­ing sta­tionery to schools around East Lon­don,” said Sinyabi, who will be as­sisted by his wife Saqhama Sinyabi in his new ven­ture.

“I have just bought a van that will trans­port the ma­te­rial to schools very soon. I be­lieve this is part of com­mu­nity ser­vice and I have fol­lowed my dream.”

Mac­man said he de­cided to plough back to the com­mu­nity as his fistic ca­reer had been largely sup­ported by school chil­dren.

“I feel I’ve done my part in box­ing and don’t re­gret quit­ting. This is the right mo­ment to give way to young­sters to show­case their skills in­side the ring,” Sinyabi said.

PHOTO: THEMBA MAKOFANE

RE­TIRED Macbute Sinyabi leaves the ring

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