Macman to be honoured for contribution to boxing

Promoter Ayanda Matiti said 30% of the gate takings will be presented to the retired former SA junior featherweight and IBO International and intercontinental featherweight holder from Mdantsane.
Promoter Ayanda Matiti said 30% of the gate takings will be presented to the retired former SA junior featherweight and IBO International and intercontinental featherweight holder from Mdantsane.
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Mabhuti "Macman" Sinyabi will be honoured when Xaba Promotions and Events celebrates its 10th anniversary with an international boxing tournament at Orient Theatre on December 8.

Promoter Ayanda Matiti said 30% of the gate takings will be presented to the retired former SA junior featherweight and IBO International and intercontinental featherweight holder from Mdantsane.

"Through his eloquence and charismatic personality, he helped the sport to grow, and he enjoyed a huge following among South Africans," said Matiti, who promoted Sinyabi during the last years of his illustrious career.

"He was one of the most disciplined and dedicated athletes that Xaba Promotions and Events signed, and we are proud to announce that 30 percent of the gate takings will be our gift to him and his wife for December."

Matiti added that they will also award all current and past champions they have produced since 2007.

"But the gala dinner will be on December 10," said the promoter whose tournament will be headlined by the IBF Intercontinental junior featherweight bout between holder Ludumo "9mm" Lamati against Alexis Boureima Karobe of Burkina Faso.

Sinyabi, who retired in April, chalked up 20 knockouts in 29 wins.

The 30-year-old ex-boxer fought his first professional bout in 2006 and his last fight was in September when he was dethroned as the SA featherweight champion by rising star Azinga "Golden Boy" Fuzile.

The loss was Sinyabi's fifth.

Sinyabi - described by Matiti as one of the outstanding boxing ambassadors that South Africa has produced - was guided by legendary trainers Mzimasi Mnguni, Nick Durandt and Dowi Mzini.

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