THE WBF has caused an upset by sanctioning a fight between Nigerian female fighter Yinka Adeoti, who is yet to make her professional debut, and WBF International champion Noni Tenge for a title defence on August 28.
Tenge from Mdantsane in Eastern Cape has five stoppages from six wins. The sport in general and fight fans will be short-changed.
By approving this fight, the Australia-based WBF has negated the good job it did last weekend when they brought quality foreign opponents Pole Kovacs and Rigoberto Alvarez for Bongani Mwelase and William Gare.
Kovacs from Hungary and Alvarez from Mexico seemed to have suffered home-town decisions in losing to Mwelase and Gare for the WBF junior middle and super middleweight titles.
Capetonian Howard Goldberg, who represents the WBF in Africa, said it would be reckless to match Tenge and her homegirl Unathi Myekeni, another WBF International featherweight titleholder, against big-name opponents just because they are champions.
"They are still very raw. You can't throw them into the lion's den if you are building them for world titles," he said. "Adeoti's Ghanaian agent said she had a very good amateur career.
"He is the same man who brought Tenge's last opponent, Gifty Ankrah, who took Tenge through 10 rounds for the WBF International title."
Myekeni, who is also undefeated after six fights , will defend against Helen Joseph, another Nigerian who is undefeated after four fights.
Boxing SA has also sanctioned two puzzling female match-ups for national titles. They are Bomikazi Klaas v Queen Tshabalala, and Rita Mrwebi v Ester Mashiya. Klaas and Tshabalala will fight for the middleweight belt while Mrwebi and Mashiya will fight for the junior middleweight strap. None of these ladies has more than two wins.
Lubabalo Msuthu will bid for the first defence of the WBF belt against Nick Otieno in the men's section.