Chauke challenges champion sinyabi

OSCAR "Golden Boy" Chauke has challenged South African junior featherweight champion Macbute "Macman" Sinyabi and Boxing South Africa has given its blessing to the proposed show stopper.

Acting Boxing SA chief executive Loyiso Mtya, who heads the sanctioning committee, said it was up to Sinyabi and his camp to make the fight happen.

Sinyabi made a mandatory defence against Themba Lesiba last weekend.

"He can choose Chauke, who is rated No 2, for his voluntary defence. We have no problem with such a fight," Mtya said.

The title Sinyabi has defended four times with four stoppages was vacated by Chauke after he won the WBF strap in 2007. Chauke forfeited the WBF belt late last year.

But the formidable boxer, who is trained by Manny Fernandez, came back more determined nine months later and blasted Tendai Sanyarukova in less than a minute of the first round at Wembley Arena.

The good-looking fighter from Limpopo is now eyeing the national title that will bring him back into the spotlight.

Sowetan told him yesterday that Sinyabi vowed "never to lose to a drunkard", but Chauke said he did not drink.

"Anyway, let us say I am a drunkard. Why not fight me, because I will be easy to beat," he said.

Sinyabi retorted: "I like this. Here is a former WBF champion who instead of fighting to get his title back challenges me for the SA title. It goes to show that I am a man among men. Talk to my manager, Nick Durandt, about the possibility of that match-up."

Durandt said Chauke was not in their sights because he intended taking Sinyabi via the international route.

"But if there is a promoter with money who is willing to do the fight, we will accommodate Chauke," he said.