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Milenkovic excited about Angel's title shot

By unknown | Feb 06, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Celebrated boxing promoter Branco Milenkovic is delighted that the IBF has ordered welterweight champion Joshua Clottey and his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank to stage a mandatory defence against Isaac "Angel" Hlatswayo.

"I am even happier that this happens when the ink has not even dried on Isaac's contract with me," said Milenkovic yesterday.

Milenkovic and Arum, a Hall of Fame member, have been given until February 26 to reach an agreement on who will stage this super fight.

If they fail to reach common ground, the IBF will order a purse bid.

"I am hoping to avoid the purse bid. However, I am not scared to bid for this all-Africa super fight," Milenkovic said.

Clottey, the "Grand Master", is from Ghana but is now based in the Bronx in New York, while Hlatswayo is from Shisasi village in Limpopo.

It will be the third time that Milenkovic and Arum work together.

They did three years ago for the Masibulele Makepula-Jorge Arce fight as well last November for the IBF flyweight bout between holder Nonito Donaire and Moruti Mthalane.

The Donaire-Mthalane fight, which took place at Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, went on purse bids, which resulted in it becoming the highest ever bid in the flyweight division.

Arum won it with a bid of $325000 while Milenkovic came second at $285000.

Hlatswayo's future was unclear considering his controversial draw with Delvin Rodriguez last November.

That fight, which was staged by Golden Gloves at Emperors Palace, was billed as the IBF title eliminator.


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