By Ron Jackson
Koos Sibiya and Nkosinthi Ntshangase meet over ten rounds at the Orlando Community Centre in Soweto on Sunday afternoon for the Gauteng junior lightweight title.
Ntshangase from Sebokeng who has a reported record of 8-3-1; 6 made his professional debut on May 16, 2005 in Springs against Solly Mokoka and was beaten on points over four rounds. He only lost one of his next five fights before outpointing Raymond Bloem over ten rounds for the Gauteng junior lightweight title in September 2010. He made a successful defence against Siyamcela Mntwana and then won his next three fights inside the distance before being outpointed by Xolani Mcotheli over six rounds in December last year.
Sibiya from the Mpumalanga province has a reported record of 18-8-3; 1 and has been with champions like Jeffrey Mathebula, Godfrey Nzimande and Jasper Seroka but has been on the losing end on each occasion. On July 22, 2005 he challenged Zolani Marali for the South African junior lightweight title in East London but was knocked out in the second round. However, in 2011 and 2012 he has got his career back on track with a majority draw against Warren Joubert and two majority points decision wins over the useful Grant Fourie.
Neither fighter is known for their punching power; with number five ranked Ntsangase a slight underdog against the sixth ranked Sibiya in a fight that should go the distance.