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By unknown | May 07, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Top boxing manager and promoter S'Phatho Handi of Mamali Productions has dared the IBO to strip his charge, Nkosinathi Joyi, off his mini flyweight belt.

The lawyer threatened to take the legal route to defend Joyi. He was responding to a letter from the IBO, which threatened to end Joyi's reign should he be involved in an IBF-sanctioned title eliminator while still holding their belt.

"Nkosinathi Joyi will go ahead with the confirmed IBF mini flyweight title eliminator with Floranto Condes. I will stage this fight personally on June 12 at East London's Orient Theatre," he said.

Joyi is rated third, a spot above the Filipino.

Handi was livid. He has accused the US-based sanctioning body of practising double standards.

"There were similar cases of IBF title eliminators involving IBO champions Silence Mabuza and Takalani Ndlovu. But they were not stripped of their titles.

"I have news for the IBO, Joyi is going ahead in the fight for the IBF eliminator, and if they strip him, I will seek the legal expertise," he warned. "We want to keep the IBO belt with the intention of unifying when Joyi fights for the actual IBF belt."

But Len Hunt, vice president of the IBO in Africa, said there was nothing sinister in their warning.

"This is a matter of principle. No sanctioning body will allow this. It does not make sense for a champion of a particular organisation to fight an eliminator for another organisation," said Hunt. He said Mabuza and Isaac Hlatswayo were also stripped off of their titles when they fought IBF title eliminators.

"Handi is confusing the unification with eliminator."

Joyi, 21, a left-hander, is a former undefeated SA mini flyweight champion.


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