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Boxing | South Africa

Simphiwe Khonco © Gallo Images

South Africa has six IBO champions



The International Boxing Organisation have just released their Top 100 Computerised Rankings for March 2017, with six South Africans listed as world champions.

The champions are Simphiwe Khonco (minimumweight), Hekkie Budler (light-flyweight), Moruti Mthalane (flyweight), Gideon Buthelezi (junior-bantamweight) and Tsiko Mulovhedzi (welterweight).

These are the only South Africans who hold world titles at present, with no champions from any of the other world organisations.

Mthalane, 34, who won the title on 26 October, 2014, and made a successful defence in December 2015, is scheduled to defend his belt against Giemal Magramo from the Philippines on 28 May in South Africa.

The 30-year-old Buthelezi, who won the title on 18 December, 2015, and made a successful defence on 29 April, 2016 is scheduled to defend against Angel Aviles of Mexico on 31 March in South Africa.

Simphiwe Khonco is scheduled to defend his minimumweight belt against an opponent still be named on 10 June, 2017 in South Africa.

There are number of South Africans listed in the rankings, with the minimumweight division having seven South Africans rated.

Minimumweight

Daluxolo Mangcotywa – 31

Deejay Kriel – 46

Xolisa Magusha – 49

Loyiso Ngantweni – 55

Nyelisani Thagambega – 65

Thembelani Okolo 73

Ayanda Dulani – 96

Light-flyweight

Nkosinathi Joyi – 17

Bongani Silila – 34

Siyabonga Siyo – 44

Luyanda Nkwankwa – 47

Luyanda Mvula – 55

Fikile Mlonyeni – 83

Flyweight

Mzuvukile Magwaca – 30

Thembelani Nxoshe – 46

Nhlanhla Ngamntwini - 73

Mfundo Gwayana - 96

Junior bantamweight

Lwandile Sityata – 10

Makazole Tete - 32

Lindile Tshmese – 34

Luzuko Siyo – 67

Athenkosi Dumezweni - 95

Bantamweight

Zolani Tete – 2

Cebo Ngema 56

Morris Lento – 83Siboniso Gonya – 90

Junior-featherweight

Bongani Mahlangu – 13

Lodumo Lamati -71

Featherweight

Simphiwe Vetyeka – 6

Azinga Fuzile – 34

Koos Sibiya – 63

Macbute Sinyabi – 64

Sydney Maluleka - 89

Rofhiwa Maemu - 97

Junior-lightweight

Phila Mpontshana – 32

Aphiwe Mboyiya - 58

Sibusiso Zingange – 95

Lightweight

Xolisani Ndongeni – 10

Mzonke Fana - 61

Thompson Mokwana – 93

Welterweight

Chris van Heerden - 29

Ali Funeka – 78

Junior-middleweight

Nkululeko Mhlongo - 65

Light-heavyweight

Thomas Oosthuizen – 19

Ryno Liebenberg - 56

Cruiserweight

Kevin Lerena – 9

Thabiso Mchunu – 27

Johnny Muller – 58



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