By Ron Jackson
Boxing returns to the International Convention Centre in East London on Friday night when Ayanda Matiti of Xaba Promotions presents four “world’ championship fights on the bill. In the main event, Edrin Dapudong (29-5, 17 KOs) defends his IBO super flyweight belt against Lwandile Sityatha (17-2-1, 7 KOs) from Mdantsane. In other title fights, Macbute Sinyabi (22-3, 18 KOs) meets Lusanda Komanisi for the vacant IBO featherweight belt and Zolani Marali (23-5, 17 KOs) defends his WBF junior welterweight belt against former IBO welterweight champion Kaizer Mabuza (25-11-3, 16 KOs) and in another WBF title fight Sibsiso Twani and Luyanda Nkwanka clash for the vacant WBF minimumweight belt. Twani has a reported record of 12-6-1, 19 KOs and Nkwanka 6-10-1, 4 KOs.
With the recent drought of boxing in South Africa it is good to see that some of the local fighters will be in action and earn some rands.
Sityatha who is challenging Dapudong for the title is listed at number eighteen by the IBO.
Sinyabi who is ranked at 29 by the IBO and Komanisi 28 appear to be rather fortunate at having a crack at the title.
Mabuza who challenges Marali for the WBF junior welterweight belt is not listed in the top ten rankings and neither are Twani and Nkwanka who meet for the vacant minimumweight belt.
Mabuza has only won two of his last seven fights.
The 28-year-old Edrin Dupadong is well known to South African boxing fans having fought Gideon Buthelezi on two occasions at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park.
In their first fight for the vacant IBO super flyweight belt in November 2012 the Filipino lost on highly disputed split decision.
However, in a return match in June 2013 he won the belt in emphatic style when he knocked out Buthelezi at 2:29 into the first round.
Dupadong goes into the fight against Sityatha who is a former South African flyweight champion and current WBF super flyweight belt holder as a firm favourite, as the South African has limited experience at international level.
England’s Michael Alexander will be the third man in the ring and the judges are Andile Matika (South Africa), Waleska Roldan (USA) and Bruce McTavish (Philippines).
The clash for the vacant IBO featherweight belt could prove to be the fight of the night, as both Sinyabi and Komanisi are come forward fighters with knockout power in either hand.