Johannesburg - Former South African featherweight champion Macbute “Macman” Sinyabi has hung up his boxing gloves to pursue the business of delivering stationery to schools in East London.
The 30-year-old Mdantsane-based Sinyabi last fought in September, when he surrendered his crown to inexperienced Azinga “Golden Boy” Fuzile by a unanimous points decision at the Orient Theatre in East London.
The unexpected defeat dented Sinyabi’s illustrious ring record, which had seen him make nine successful defences of the national super bantamweight crown since turning professional in 2006.
The former International Boxing Organisation international featherweight champion took the national featherweight crown from Oscar Chauke on points in 2015.
A veteran of 34 professional fights, with 29 wins and five defeats, Macman said he decided to retire from the ring to pursue business.
“I’ve decided that it’s time to leave boxing and open my own business of delivering stationery to schools around East London,” said Sinyabi, who will be assisted by his wife Saqhama Sinyabi in his new venture.
“I have just bought a van that will transport the material to schools very soon. I believe this is part of community service and I have followed my dream.”
Macman said he decided to plough back to the community as his fistic career had been largely supported by school children.
“I feel I’ve done my part in boxing and don’t regret quitting. This is the right moment to give way to youngsters to showcase their skills inside the ring,” Sinyabi said.