No decision yet on Mthalane fight

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Today is the deadline for promoters Branco Milenkovic and Bob Arum to reach an agreement on the staging of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title fight between holder Nonito Donaire and mandatory challenger Moruti Mthalane.

The IBF hierarchy made it clear to the two powerhouses that failure to reach an agreement would mean the fight would go on purse bids.

Yesterday Milenkovic announced that his Las Vegas representative, Sampson Lewkowicz, is negotiating with Arum.

"I would like to do the fight here but I will consider terms and conditions from Bob to do the fight himself. However, I will not consider a venue in the US because of the double taxation.

"Boxers must pay tax there and when they come back here they must still pay and that leaves them with no money. I will be happy to do the fight in China or Philippines," said Milenkovic.

"Baby Face" Mthalane earned the right to challenge "The Filipino Flash" Donaire when he outclassed Australian Hussein "hussy" Hussein throughout 12 rounds at East London's Jan Smuts Stadium recently.