Other Sport

Joyi set for the big time

2012-03-27 17:59
Nkosinathi Joyi (File)

Johannesburg - Nkosinathi Joyi, regarded as South Africa's top pound-for-pound fighter and rated the best boxer in his division in the world by the authorative Ring Magazine, will be in line for a world unification bout if he wards off the challenge for his IBF straw-weight title from Japan's Katsunari Takayama in East London on Friday night.

This was revealed on Tuesday by BSP impressario Branco Milenkovic, who is organising the East London programme and said plans were already underway to match Joyi with champions from other top boxing associations if he beats Takayama in a much-anticipated and long-awaited return confrontation.

When Joyi and Takayama met initially at Emperors Palace, the fight was stopped prematurely and declared a no-contest after Takayama received an accidental head cut in the early rounds - but with Joyi already clearly ahead on points.

With a flawless record of 21 victories from his 21 fights, Milenkovic believes Joyi is ready for the challenge.

"Joyi has already proved his mettle and is ready to take the next step forward in his impressive career," Milenkovic said.

The BSP promoter said that while there were numerous champions of one sort or another in South Africa, it was long overdue for the country to have a unified champion who is universally accepted by the various boxing associations.

"I believe Joyi has the credentials to go all the way," added Milenkovic.

"There are some pretty formidable fighters who are recognised as champions by the WBA, WBC and the other leading associations, but Joyi's record stands up as being as good as any of them."

Milenkovic believes that an elimination contest between Joyi and the other champions could act as a catalyst for reviving boxing in South Africa.

Meanwhile, the BSP promoter said that plans had been underway to hold the Joyi-Takayama fight in Gauteng, but he had received "a mountain of pleas" to stage the bout in what he described as the boxing-mad Eastern Cape. "You have to see the enthusiasm for boxing in the Eastern Cape generally and East London in particular to believe it," said Milenkovic.

"And I felt duty-bound to change plans for the venue - particularly as Joyi hails from the East London area.

"Boxing in South Africa might have its problems, but it is thriving in East London."

Read more on:    nkosinathi joyi  |  boxing

Two Oceans takes a detour

2015-03-27 15:11


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

How much of a runner are you?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.