Sinyabi on a Thai mission
SOUTH African junior featherweight champion MacBute Sinyabi plans to hand Thai Thangthong Kittaweesuk his first defeat, in his first overseas fight.
Kittaweesuk, 33, has won all 23 of his fights as a professional. The two boxers will trade leather in the IBF mandatory junior-featherweight world eliminator in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 18.
At a media briefing in Sandton yesterday , Sinyabi's promoter Branco Milenkovic said the contract had been signed and sealed.
"This is one opportunity that MacBute has been waiting for for a long time," he said. "Sin- yabi has done well locally since winning the national junior-featherweight title, which he went on to defend seven times. At the age of 25, it's time for him to win a world title."
Sinyabi, who is trained by Nick Durandt, has lost just once in his 19 fights, with all of his 18 wins coming by knockout. The articulate fighter said he was thrilled to get an opportunity to finally display his talent overseas.
"Thangthong has fought 23 times, winning all the fights. That will count for nothing when we fight. I'm going there to beat him and hoist the South African flag high," he said.
Commenting on the judges, Durandt said: "We are looking for neutrality. We will knock the Thai down in his own back yard."