History beckons for Mofokeng

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Tshepo Mofokeng is not worried that his fight with Macbute Sinyabi for the vacant South African junior featherweight title will be staged in Sinyabi's backyard in East London.

Instead, Mofokeng has focused on winning the title because history is beckoning. Victory will see him become the first boxer ever from Rathanda township in the Vaal to win a national championship belt.

The fight will be promoted by the Eyethu Boxing Promotions of Mzimase Mnguni on February 24 and will be broadcast live by SuperSport from 2pm.

"I am training hard because I want to be in the best shape physically and mentally and bring home the bacon," said Mofokeng, who earned the right for the bout by defeating Takalani Kwinda for the number one spot in September.

Kwinda, who was rated on the top spot, had already been earmarked for the title that was vacated by Oscar Chauke just after winning the WBF belt on November 23 last year.

Mofokeng spoiled the party for Kwinda, whose bubble burst in nine rounds at Park Station.

"I've never seen Sinyabi in action. I hear people say he is a strong fighter.

"That does not worry me because I am a talented and experienced fighter who knows his way around the ring.

"I won't undermine him though even for a cent but I honestly don't see our fight go the scheduled 12 rounds," said the artistic Mofokeng.

Mofokeng will be ushered to war by mentors Benny Pailman, Cliff Martins and Peter Favor. Sinyabi, whose skills are honed by Vuyani Bungu, is a knockout artist who boasts nine stoppages against one loss. Pailman warned that if Sinyabi comes into the ring chasing another short route win he would find himself on his backside.

"If he chooses to box still we will box his ears off," said Pailman.

Pailman, together with Martins and Favor, produced their first national champion in 2004 when Baldwin Tshiakale ended the reign of Earl Morais as the cruiserweight champion.

"Tshepo will be crowned champion - period," said Pailman, who promised to produce his second titlist in the Baby Champs in Nkululeko Mhlongo tomorrow.