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FOR Simphiwe Nongqayi, it could be the last chance to make a name for himself while for promoter Branco Milenkovic it's a chance to make a promotional splash.
Time is running out for Nongqayi. He is 36 years old. His peers around the globe have either won, defended and lost their world titles.
The best the fighter from Border in the Eastern Cape could lay his hands on was the lesser recognised WBF junior bantamweight belt.
This unbeaten senior citizen, who is nicknamed "Golden Master", is a step away from real fame and fortune - thanks to promoter Milenkovic whom Nongqayi joined last year after parting ways with Thinus Strydom.
Nongqayi's first fight under Milenkovic was in February and it was for the IBF No1 spot, which carried the rights to challenge IBF and WBC champion Vic Darchinyan.
Nongqayi defeated Mexican Fransisco Arce in Mexico.
But Nongqayi, who is trained by Nick Durandt, had to wait because Darchinyan had challenged Ghanaian Joseph Agbeko for the IBF bantamweight belt. Agbeko, who fights out in America under flamboyant promoter Don "Mr 1000 Volts" King, outpointed Darchinyan two weeks ago.
Last week, the New Jersey-based IBF gave Milenkovic and Darchinyan's promoter Gary Shaw 30 days to negotiate for their charges' fights.
But Milenkovic, a shrewd businessman, rejected the negotiations and opted for a purse bid. That is within his rights. IBF's rule number 10 (a) states clearly that a promoter can exercise his rights by rejecting that process.
The IBF has thus announced tomorrow as the day for purse bids that will take place in its New York offices. A promoter with the higher bid will stage the fight.
"I opted for purse bid because Darchinyan has a WBC mandatory obligation against my other fighter Evans Mbamba," explained Milenkovic yesterday.
Mbamba, a Durandt-trained fighter, won those rights last December after defeating Devid Lookmahanak 7th roundTKO) in a WBC title eliminator.
"Vic and Shaw [must] make up their minds and tell me which title they will defend first," said Milenkovic.
"In the event of Vic deciding to vacate the IBF belt, Nongqayi will fight Francisco's brother Jorge Arce who is rated No3."
The number two spot is vacant.