Lesiba next for Sinyabi

XOLISILE "Macbute" Sinyabi, one of South Africa's best pound-for-pound fighters, will bid for a fourth defence of his national super bantamweight title against No 1 contender Themba Lesiba.

XOLISILE "Macbute" Sinyabi, one of South Africa's best pound-for-pound fighters, will bid for a fourth defence of his national super bantamweight title against No 1 contender Themba Lesiba.

South Africa's version of Manny Pacquiao - arguably the world's best pound-for-pound fighter - will be back at Nasrec Arena next Friday to make another statement in Gauteng.

The Filipino is nicknamed "Pac Man", an epithet that the East London fighter has also adopted.

Right now Sinyabi rules the local weight division with iron fists since taking over from Vuyani "The Beast" Bungu, who vacated the title after making 13 defences. Either you take him out or he does it to you.

On May 24 at Nasrec Arena, the Mzimasi Mnguni-schooled Sinyabi destroyed Desmond Samuels in less than two minutes.

However, he faced more resistance from Tendai Munyai in another title defence on September 18.

It was a give-and-take fight that had the capacity crowd at the 200-seat Orient Theatre on their feet.

Sinyabi, now under the tutelage of Nick Durandt, went down in the second round but got up and dropped Munyai twice before finally putting his rival to sleep in the same round.

The bad thing about Sinyabi's power is that it has derailed some careers. Most of his victims have sustained permanent damage. The lanky fighter, whose physique is reminiscent of a young and lean Dingaan Thobela, has 13 stoppages in 13 wins, against one loss.

Lesiba, the 2007 Baby Champion, is no pushover. The challenger from Orange Farm has six wins, two stoppages and a draw. The fight will be presented by Knockout Promotions and will be televised live on Blow by Blow at 10pm.

The original "Pac Man" rose to stardom by winning the IBF junior featherweight belt from Lehlohonolo Ledwaba on June 23 2001. He stopped Ledwaba in six rounds.

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