By Ron Jackson
Veteran South African junior welterweight champion Mzolisi Yoyo defends his title against Luyanda Jako and also challenges for the vacant WBF Intercontinental belt when they meet at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The 37-year-old Yoyo from Mdantsane is an eighteen year professional and is coming off a hard-earned victory over Thapelo Potwana in April this year when he came from behind to stop the challenger in the seventh round.
Yoyo 20-4; 15 won the South African junior welterweight title on December 11, 2011 when he outpointed Sikhulule Sidzumo over 12 rounds.
He then made successful defences against Masande Kakaza, Zola Thunywa and Sikhulule Sidzumo before the defence against Potwana.
The southpaw Jako from Tembisa in Gauteng who has a reported record of 9-6-1; 4 was stopped in the fifth round by Yoyo in June 2008.
Since that defeat he has won against Samson Ndlovu, Philemon Legoa, Sifiso Mthetwa and Oupa Maimane in February this here.
However, he has suffered losses to Wandile Mseleku (tko 3), Kyle Bothma (tko 2), Jason Bedeman (tko 3) and fought to a draw with Nthuthuko Memela.
The odds are stacked against the number four ranked challenger going into the fight.
In the main supporting bout Thabo Sishwana from Duncan Vilage near East London and Ghana’s Michael Barnor meet for the vacant WBA Pan-African bantamweight title.
Sishwana has a reported record of 12-5-1; 4 and Barnor 12-4-2; 8.
The tournament is presented by Ayanda Matiti of Xaba Promotions.
Meanwhile it has been reported that former South African featherweight and WBU junior lightweight champion Phillip Ndou is making a return the ring when he faces Pius Dipheko at the Nasrec Arena near Johannesburg on June 30 in a welterweight bout over eight rounds.
The 36-year-old Ndou had his last fight on January 29, 2011 when he outpointed Welcome Ntshingila over eight rounds.
The tournament will be presented Luvuyo Mngxaso of Brown Bomber Boxing Promotions.