Joyi makes long-awaited re­turn to the square ring

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FORMER DOU­BLE world cham­pion Nkosi­nathi Joyi re­turns to ac­tion after be­ing in­ac­tive for two years when he meets fel­low South African Mpho Se­foro in a clash for the va­cant WBO Africa ju­nior fly­weight ti­tle at the Ori­ent The­atre in East Lon­don to­day.

The 35-year-old south­paw, with a 26-5 record in­clud­ing 18 knock­out wins, has had an out­stand­ing ca­reer, win­ning the va­cant SA mini-fly­weight ti­tle in April 2004 and mak­ing six suc­cess­ful de­fences be­fore win­ning the va­cant IBO strawweight belt in Novem­ber 2006 with a sec­ond-round knock­out over Ar­mando de la Cruz.

Joyi, who hails from Mdantsane near East Lon­don, won his sec­ond world ti­tle in March 2010 with a points vic­tory over Raul Gar­cia for the IBF mini-fly­weight belt.

After mak­ing two suc­cess­ful de­fences of the belt he lost it to Mario Ro­driguez when he was stopped in the sev­enth round in Gus­tave, Mex­ico.

Since this set­back, Joyi has lost four and won three fights, and if he has any­thing left in the tank he should have enough to beat Se­foro (7-0-1; 2 KOs), who has been in­ac­tive for a year.

Mean­while, box­ing re­turns to Cape Town to­day, at the Cas­tle, where Steve Kalakoda presents a card headed by Emile Kalekuzi (13-0), from the DR Congo and Az­izi Mponda (15-2-2) of Tan­za­nia for the va­cant IBF Youth ju­nior mid­dleweight ti­tle.

In the co-main event, Namib­ian Jeremiah Nakathila (16-1) de­fends his WBO Africa ju­nior feath­er­weight ti­tle against former South African ban­tamweight cham­pion Toto Helebhe (19-7) from Guguletu.

Mean­while, former IBF, WBF and IBO ju­nior light­weight cham­pion Mal­colm Klassen has changed his mind after an­nounc­ing that he was re­tir­ing from box­ing after his de­feat against Azinga Fuzile in Oc­to­ber.

The 37-year-old Klassen, who made his pro­fes­sional de­but on May 22, 1999, has won the South African feath­er­weight, WBO In­ter­na­tional light­weight and WBA In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal light­weight ti­tles in ad­di­tion to his three world ti­tles.

He has had an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer, beat­ing some of the best fighters around the world in the ju­nior light­weight divi­sion.

De­spite call­ing an end to his ca­reer in Oc­to­ber, he has had sec­ond thoughts and a few days ago he de­cided to con­tinue with box­ing and move up to the light­weight divi­sion, as he feels he still has enough left and there are ti­tles to be won in the divi­sion.

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