By Ron Jackson
Mzolisi Yoyo and Sikhulile Sidzumo the number one and two ranked contenders meet for the vacant South African junior welterweight title in East London on Sunday afternoon. The title became vacant when Kaizer Mabuza relinquished the title after winning an IBF title eliminator against Kendall Holt in February this year.
Sidzumo 16-3-4; 11 who fights from the southpaw stance made his pro debut in April 1997 with a second round stoppage win over Siayabuklele Adonisi and remained unbeaten in his next five fights before losing on points to Nkosinathi Moholo in Welkom.
After this setback he racked up an unbeaten streak of nine fights, before winning the vacant South African lightweight title on March 25, 2005 when he scored an eighth round technical knockout against Nigel Claasens in Cape Town.
However, in his next fight in July of the same year he lost the title on a points decision against Irvin Buhlalu.
In July 2005 he beat Ncedisle Kafile on points in an eight rounder and in 2006 only had one fight, a first round stoppage loss to Mzwanele Makiwane.
He reversed this loss in May 2007 when he stopped Makiwane in five rounds and in his only two fights since then he has scored two inside the distance wins against Mpumelo Mbedle (June 27, 2008) and Makiwane (June 26, 2009).
Yoyo who has a reported record of 11-3; 8 was stopped in the second round in his last recorded fight in May last year when he challenged Patrick Malinga for the South African lightweight title.
The only other losses on his record were against Wandile Warren Stelle in October 1995 when he made his pro debut and Kwanele Matiwane in April 2004.
The junior welterweight division has no standout fighters at present and neither of Sidzumo or Yoyo appears to be up to championships standard despite their high rankings.
Other bouts: Jnr bantamweight, 6 rounds: Siyanda Mfundisi v Mangaliso Dyantyi; Jnr lightweight, 6 rounds: Ayanda Yaphi v Mbuyiseli Besta; Lightweight, 6 rounds: Samkelo Fani v Viwe Mdletyeni; Jnr lightweight: 6 rounds: Sizwe Yolo v Wandile Mseleku; Jnr featherweight, 6 rounds: Dumisani Tose v Bonakele Bikitsha; Jnr bantamweight, 4 rounds: Mzuvukile Dingaan v Bonani Ngozi; Jnr featherweight: 4 rounds: Aphiwe Mboyiya v Bonani Ngozi.