Battle for the top spot

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Recent reports that all contenders in the light flyweight division are scared of Mfundo Gwayana, who holds the national belt in that weight division, may be true.

But Charriet Mukondeleli, who is ranked third, has requested that he be cleared from that list.

"That is an insult to me because I do not just want to fight him but to take the title away from him. But there are procedures to be followed," said Mukondeleli, who will fight second rated Sizwe Sinyabi on Sunday afternoon at Mdantsane Indoor Centre.

Their fight has been described as an eliminator to Gwayana's title.

"I had enough time to prepare, so I will go down there to win. My focus is on the national title. I will end Gwayana's reign," warned Mukondeleli from Louis Trichardt in Limpopo.

His skills are honed in Gauteng at the Westside Boxing Academy by trainers Benny Pailman, Peter Faver and Cliff Martins.

Sinyabi has not seen action since July last year when he lost by a unanimous points decision to Phumzile Matyhila for the WBC International belt while Mukondeleli, who was stopped in one round by Matyhila in October 2006, has already recorded a win against Khanyakude Mukansi.

Their six rounder took place in Potchefstroom last November.

Mukondeleli, who has registered five wins and a defeat since teaming up with Pailman, Faver and Martins three years ago, has seven wins (1 KO) and five losses while Sinyabi has 19 victories (9 KOs), eight defeats and a draw.

"Sinyabi will get a big surprise," warned Pailman in his parting shot yesterday.