Funeka ready for big time

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Prosperous boxing manager Mzimase Mnguni says he is prepared to break the bank to secure a world championship for Ali Funeka.

Mnguni, who manages the successful boxing career of Funeka, was reacting to his charge's fourth round stoppage win over Filipino Junior Sollano last Sunday.

Funeka registered the second defence of the WBC International lightweight title.

His victory, his 24th stoppage from 29 wins against a single defeat, will undoubtedly move him closer to being considered for a crack at the world title.

Funeka is currently rated fifth by the WBA and sixth by both the WBC and the IBF and 12th by the WBO. Mnguni owns the successful Eyethu Boxing Gym in East London where Funeka's skills are honed by Vuyani Bungu.

"Any of the three world organisations are welcome. Their status is the same for me," said Mnguni, adding that Funeka ended the fight against Sollano when Mnguni was still enjoying it.

"He used his height very well and controlled the fight nicely," said the man who has produced more world champions than any other mentor in the country.

Mnguni's associate Branco Milenkovic said he would negotiate for Funeka to get either a title elimination fight or a crack at the WBC title.

"I will negotiate with WBC's bosses during its convention in the Philippines in November. But, if an opportunity comes from other organisations we will consider them," said Milenkovic.