'Tycoon' feels richer after Shembe prayers

IBF Continental junior featherweight champion Innocent Mantengu, left, who defeated Doctor Ntsele, right, will face Thato Bonokoane for the vacant SA title in Kagiso.
IBF Continental junior featherweight champion Innocent Mantengu, left, who defeated Doctor Ntsele, right, will face Thato Bonokoane for the vacant SA title in Kagiso.
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Prayers of the Nazareth Baptist Church, Shembe member Innocent "Tycoon" Mantengu, have been answered because the school teacher - who swapped the chalk for boxing gloves - will be in action on March 30.

Mantengu from Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, had pleaded for action after the promise to defend his IBF Continental Africa junior featherweight belt did not materialise.

Mantengu, who is based in Malvern, east of Johannesburg where he stays with his trainer and homeboy Sam Ndlovu, will oppose Thato "Captain Charisma" Bonokoane for the vacant SA junior featherweight belt.

The bout will take place because, Team Dida has agreed to stage their 12 rounder at its happy hunting ground - Kagiso Memorial Centre.

Mantengu and Bonokoane will fight for the title that was recently vacated by Ludumo Lamati who wants to pursue his international career.

Mantengu described Bonokoane as a good boxer who also has a lot to say with his mouth.

"That's good because he has to market himself," said Mantengu, who was supposed to have fought Bonokoane in June last year.

"A lot of bad stuff was said about me regarding the cancellation of that fight. I could not talk back because I was focused on burying my aunt.

"I will now be able to respond with my fists to what he said about me when we meet on March 30.

"There are no two ways that the title is going to KwaZulu-Natal. I don't want to disappoint my new promoter Tshele Kometsi."

Mantengu has 12 wins, five knockouts against four losses, while Bonokoane, who is trained by Dipheko, has a single loss against nine wins with two draws.

Meanwhile, Linda Ntshingila will oppose Brandon Thysse for the Gauteng junior middleweight title in the main supporting bout.

Thysse, the son of promoter Andre Thysse, is trained by Damien Durandt.

There will be six more bouts and action will begin at 7pm.

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