Sinyabi accepts Chauke fight
IT'S GAME on as Macbute "Macman" Sinyabi has made an about-turn and accepted the purse money offered by Mzimasi Mnguni for a title contest against Oscar Chauke.
Initially, Sinyabi, who is the current South African junior featherweight champion, demanded R100,000 from Eyethu Promotions boss Mnguni in order to defend his crown against Chauke. But Mnguni was adamant that he had offered the Mdantsane-born champion a fair deal.
Sanity has finally prevailed as Sinyabi has signed a contract for the Chauke clashand sent it back to Mnguni. None of the parties is prepared to divulge the amount agreed on, though. The clash, which is going to be Sinyabi's eighth defence of the SA title he won by stopping Tshepo Mofokeng in March 2008, is scheduled for East London's Orient Theatre on September 9.
A delighted Mnguni said: "Macbute has signed and sent the contract back to me. I'm happy about the latest developments and we will have the fight on September 9. I know that there were people who wanted to derail my plans for this fight, but they have failed."
Confirming the fight with Chauke, Sinyabi's trainer-cum-manager Nick Durandt said: "I'm very happy that I will be returning to my favourite venue, Orient Theatre, for Macman's fight."
Chauke's trainer Manny Fernandes was equally excited.
Fernandes said yesterday: "We signed and sent the contract back to the promoter on Wednesday evening. We were holding thumbs for Sinyabi to sign and we are happy that he has finally signed to fight against us."
The 25-year-old Sinyabi has not defended his crown since he registered a fifth-round stoppage of Thabo Sonjica last December.
Sinyabi will be returning to the ring for the first time since suffering a 10th-round stoppage to the late Thangthong Kiattaweesuk in Thailand on May 18.