Joyi in the air in East London

THE Joyi brothers, Themba and Nkosinathi, will light up East London this weekend.

THE Joyi brothers, Themba and Nkosinathi, will light up East London this weekend.

The two warriors, whose skills are honed by Lennox Mpulampula, are boxing idols in Mdantsane.

Nkosinathi kicks off the double dose of Joyi tonight when he challenges Raul Garcia for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) title. This battle of the left-handers is presented jointly by Branco Sports Productions and the Buffalo City Municipality at the International Convention Centre.

Mexican Garcia will be attempting a fifth title defence. Garcia and Joyi are both 27 years old and undefeated. Garcia has 27 wins and 16 KOs while Joyi has 20 wins and 15 KOs.

Garcia's boast that he would whip Joyi in front of of his fans has created more excitement around the fight. SABC has guaranteed a live broadcast on Blow by Blow at 10.30pm.

Tomorrow in Mdantsane, Zolile Mbityi will seek to end Themba's 16 months of fame as the SA junior bantamweight king. The tournament at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre is presented by Mzimasi Mnguni.

Mbityi, 39, has achieved greatness after he was written off. His biggest scalp so far was International Boxing Organisation (IBO) champion Masibulele Makepula in May 2008.

l At the Carousel in Hammanskraal tomorrow night, Anton Nel and Pieter Cronje fight for the right to challenge Osborne Machimana for the SA heavyweight title.

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