By Ron Jackson
Macbute Sinyabi will make the eighth defense of his South African junior featherweight belt when he faces former SA and World Boxing Foundation champion Oscar Chauke at the Orient Theatre on Sunday afternoon. The 25-year-old Sinyabi has an outstanding record, having lost only twice in 20 professional bouts and winning each of the other 18 inside the distance. He won the vacant SA title in March 2008 with a first-round stoppage of Tshepo Mofokeng. The fight lasted 2 minutes 47 seconds. Defending the title, he stopped Desmond Samuels in the first round, Luyanda Murali in the tenth, Tendani Munyai in the second, Themba Lesiba in the sixth, Pfariso Neluvhelani in the seventh and Thabo Sonjica in the first and in the fifth of a rematch.
His only two losses were against Bongani Mahlangu, who knocked him out in the first round in January 2007, and Thangthong Kiattaweesuk of Thailand, who stopped him in the tenth round of an IBF junior featherweight title eliminator in May this year. Sinyabi has, therefore, never gone the full distance in any professional fight.
The 32-year-old Chauke has been fighting as a professional since November 1999. He won the vacant SA junior featherweight title with a tenth-round stoppage of Mzikayise Mchasi in August 2006. He made two defenses before relinquishing the belt after winning the vacant World Boxing Foundation title in a fight against Wonga Mhlana. He gave up the title before meeting Takalani Ndlovu for the vacant WBF featherweight belt, losing on points in a close fight. Since then, Chauke has had five fights. He won four but lost to Jeffrey Mathebula in an IBF junior featherweight title eliminator.
Sinyabi is one of the most exiting fighters in South Africa. He comes out throwing bombs from the first round, but his defense tends to be leaky at times. The skilful Chauke could make him pay for it.