By Ron Jackson
South African junior featherweight champion Macbute Sinyabi (13-1, 13 KOs) makes the fourth defence of his title when he meets number one challenger Themba Lesiba at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg tonight.
The 23-year-old Sinyabi who is from Mdantsane but fights out of the Nick Durandt gym in Johannesburg, made his pro debut in June 2006 with a first round stoppage win over Ntobneko Duma and followed up with another five inside the distance wins before being caught cold in January 2007 when he was knocked out in the first round by Bongani Mahlangu to suffer the only loss on his professional records.
He put this setback behind him and stopped Mzimkhulu Funde (tko 2), Vuyani Phulo (tko 5) and Sakhumzi Bongwana (tko 1), before going on to capture the vacant South African junior featherweight title when he stopped Tshepo Mofokeng at 2 minutes 47 seconds into the first round on March 2, 2008.
In 2009 the explosive punching Sinyabi made successful defences against Desmond Samuel (tko 1), Luyanda Mruwali (tko 10) and Tendani Munyai (tko 2).
Lesiba who has a reported record of 9-0-1, 3 KOs will be having his first fight since September last year when he fought to a majority draw against Koos Sibiya.
The light punching challenger from Orange farm who is trained by his father Leonard goes into the fight as an underdog and the odds are that the power of the champion will see him retain his title inside the distance.
The tournament is promoted by Alan Young of Knockout Promotions.