Durandt says no to fight
FLAMBOYANT boxing trainer Nick Durandt has ruled out the possibility of a fight between Jeffrey Mathebula and MacBute Sinyabi as long as they are in his stable.
Knockout specialist Sinyabi, the South African junior featherweight champion, has a date with Thai Thangthong Kittaweesuk in Bangkok on May 18. The IBF junior featherweight world title eliminator will be Sinyabi's first fight outside South Africa.
Kittaweesuk, 33, has won all 23 of his fights as a professional. Sinyabi, 25, has lost just once in his 19 fights, with all 18 wins coming by knockout.
Should Sinyabi win in Asia, he will qualify to challenge Jeffrey Mathebula, the newly crowned IBF junior featherweight champion. Sinyabi and Mathebula are both handled by Durandt.
"That fight will never happen, the two fighters also don't want it. Remember they are also promoted by one person (Branco Milenkovic)," said Durandt.
"We are from the same house, people must stop thinking about it at all.
"Sinyabi is going to Thailand in three weeks. He has the blessing of Jeffrey, who has been supporting him."
Mathebula, who represented SA at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, could soon be back in the ring for a proposed unification bout with American Nonito Donaire.