A LEGAL battle between Eastern Cape boxing star Macbute Sinyabi and his manager Sihle Mnguni is over - thanks to Bhisho high court in East London ruling in favour of Sinyabi with costs.
But Mnguni says the war is far from over because they did not have their day in court. He says they learned about the verdict through the media.
"If such a thing had happened, surely I would have been informed officially. My lawyers are in contact with the high court," said Mnguni, who also manages Ali "Rush Hour" Funeka.
Attempts yesterday to get SA featherweight champ Sinyabi drew a blank, but his trainer Nick Durandt confirmed the verdict.
"The high court ruled in favour of Sinyabi two weeks ago while I was in America with Malcolm Klassen," said Durandt. "Sinyabi has entered into an agreement with me as his trainer and manager and will be promoted by Branco Milenkovic.
"I am in no position to talk further because the whole court process was handled by my associate, Bruce Butler, who oversees my gym in East London."
Butler said: "Yes, the Bhisho high court had cancelled Sinyabi's contract with Sihle Mnguni."
Sinyabi took Mnguni - younger brother of promoter Mzimase Mnguni - to the court because Mnguni had allegedly "failed to comply with his obligation to further Sinyabi's best interests and career".
Sinyabi was trained at Mdantsane Eyethu Boxing gym of Mzimase. Sinyabi, still contracted to Sihle, bolted Mzimase's gym and joined Durandt in March.
That meant that every time Sinyabi fought, Mnguni would get his managerial 25 percentage from Sinyabi's purse, and Durandt would get a portion of Mnguni's cut, depending on their agreement.
We believes that Boxing SA's servitude contract, which does not serve the interest of boxers as principals in this sport of boxing, must be scrapped.