THE International Boxing Organisation has clarified the confusion relating to Bongani Mwelase getting the nod to challenge IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou.
Concern was raised by the boxing fraternity after the news that Mwelase, who holds the WBF junior middleweight belt, has been approved by the IBO to challenge for its welterweight title.
They believe that the IBO was not supposed to approve him for the fight because his name does not appear among its top 100-ranked welterweight fighters.
He appears in the
junior middleweight division where he is ranked 22nd. Some concerned boxing officials even questioned the credibility of the US-based body.
"The approval of boxers for IBO fights is determined by our computer program where points are deducted based on boxers' movements in divisions," IBO president Edward Levine explained to Sowetan from the US.
"When they move up a weight division, points are deducted. But this also happens when they move down a division. Points were not deducted from Mwelase because he has moved from junior middleweight down to the welterweight where he will be highly rated. So he is eligible to challenge Ndou for the welterweight title," he said.
But Mwelase will forfeit his WBF junior middleweight strap the moment he steps inside the ring because the two sanctioning bodies do not unify titles.
This fight will be promoted by Rodney Berman at Emperors Palace on September 18.
Speaking from Sydney, Australia, Ndou shared Mwelase's trainer Johnny du Plooy's sentiments that the fight will not go the full distance.
But Ndou insisted that it will be the 27-year-old Sowetan who will not last.
"Du Plooy lacked discipline and dedication as a fighter, and has passed it on to his fighter. I watched some of Mwelase's fights and every time Du Plooy talks to him he calls him his boy. Now you know why I'm saying Mwelase needs a reality check and I will give him one on September 18," he said.