By Ron Jackson
Mfundo Gwayana (10-3, 5KOs) makes his third defense of his South African junior flyweight title against former champion Sizwe Sinyabi (18-8-1, 9KOs) on Sunday afternoon at the Orient Theatre in East London. This fight, presented by Mzi Mnguni of Eyethu Promotions, could go 12 rounds to a close decision either way.
Both fighters started their careers in Mdantsane but Sinyabi subsequently joined the Nick Durandt gym in Johannesburg. The 25-year-old Gwayana, who lost on his pro debut in October 2000 when he was stopped in the second round by Luthando Lekevane has had a bit of a stop-start career, before winning the vacant SA junior flyweight title on November 4, 2007 when he outpointed Simphiwe Mabona in East London.
The title became vacant when Muvhuso Nedzanani relinquished the SA title after winning the WBC International light flyweight title.
After his pro debut Gwayana only had five fights before losing to Nedzanani when challenging for the SA junior flyweight title in May 2005. Once again he remained inactive having only one fight before being stopped again by Nedzanani in a challenge for the title in February 2007.
However, he put these setbacks behind him and after a stoppage win over Johnny Oliphant he went on to win the SA title and has made successful defenses against Samora Msophi and Motswaki Moselesele with both wins coming inside the distance.
The 30-year-old challenger who has been a pro for 12 years won the SA junior flyweight title in October 2004 with a points victory over Vuyani Kheswa.
He made a successful defense against Thembelani Maphuma before losing his crown to Muvhuso Nedzanani in February 2005. In a return match for the title with Nedzanani he once again lost on points, in match where the vacant WBC International title was also at stake. In his most recent fight in October last year Sinyabi outpointed Charitt Mukondeleli over 10 rounds.