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Six SA stars in EL tournament

Six outstanding SA boxers – Nkosinathi Joyi, Ali Funeka, Zolani Marali, Tshifhiwa Munyai, Oscar Chauke and Macbute Sinyabi – will all be in action in East London on December 8.

An Argentine knockout specialist and four women will also be part of what should be an excellent tournament.

Joyi is expected to redeem himself when he fights Walter Rojas. Joyi suffered his first defeat in almost 11 years as a professional when Mario Rodriguez stopped him in the seventh round of an IBF minimumweight title defence in September.

Now he faces Rojas, an Argentinian, in a WBA mini-flyweight elimination bout.

"Mabhere (Joyi) is ready to show he has overcome the shock of losing his title," the East Cape boxer's manager and promoter, Siphatho Handi, said on Monday.

"He was not hurt in the fight against Rodriguez. He lost because of unbearable heat."

The 29-year-old Joyi was rated by Ring magazine as the best boxer in his division before the Mexican beat him.

Rojas, 25, has a record of 19 wins, including 18 knockouts, a draw and two defeats. Joyi stands at 22-1, with 15 knockouts.

Funeka and Marali will meet in a rematch in the junior welterweight division and SA junior featherweight champion Macbute Sinyabi will face Pfariso Neluvhalani on the same bill.

Funeka won the WBF title on a split decision when he fought Marali in Johannesburg last year.

In another title bout, Munyai and former WBF junior featherweight champion Chauke will fight for the WBA Pan-African belt.

Two fights for women form part of the undercard. Gabisile Tshabalala will defend her SA junior featherweight belt against Nomvelo Magcaba and Unathi Myekeni takes on a Brazilian, Halanna dos Santos, in a bout for the WBA International junior featherweight title.


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