International Boxing Organisation (IBO) minimumweight champion Simphiwe “Chain Reaction” Konkco will become the first South African boxer to challenge for the World Boxing Council (WBC) title in almost eight years.
This follows after the WBC approved Konkco as the challenger to reigning WBC minimum weight champion Chayaphon Moonsri popularly known as Wanheng Menayothin.
The news have left Konkco’s trainer Colin Nathan happy.
The 2017 and 2018 Trainer of the Year is excited about leading Konkco into war against the Thai boxer, who has been a WBC champion since 2014 and is unbeaten in 53 fights.
IBO junior-bantamweight champion Gideon Buthelezi is the last South African boxer to fight for a WBC title.
Buthelezi was stopped by Mexican Adrian Hernandez when they fought for the WBC junior-flyweight crown in September 2011.
Meanwhile, Nathan, who is the chief trainer at HotBox Gym in Johannesburg, has revealed that their failure to obtain Japanese visas has resulted in the postponement of the fight between International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior-lightweight and Kenichi Ogawa from Japan.
Fuzile was set to face Ogawa in an IBF elimination bout in Japan next month, but the fight has since been postponed to September this year.
On the other hand, Nathan’s other boxer Lerato Dlamini, who is the current IBF Intercontinental featherweight champion, is set to fight for the WBC Silver featherweight belt against Filipino boxer Dave Peñalosa on the undercard of Amir Khan’s fight against Neeraj Goyat at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, next month. – Report by Monwabisi Jimlongo