Sivenathi Nontshinga Set to Defend IBF Title Against Masamichi Yabuki

IBF title defense, Nontshinga vs Yabuki

In a recent development, the IBF has mandated South Africa’s Sivenathi Nontshinga to defend his title against Japan’s Masamichi Yabuki, replacing the sidelined Christian Araneta from the Philippines. Due to an injury, Araneta has stepped down, paving the way for Yabuki, the No. 2 contender, to step into the mandatory light flyweight contest.

Remaining undeterred by the change in opponent, Nontshinga asserts his readiness for any challenge that comes his way. “Stepping into the ring and defending my world title is paramount,” stated the champion confidently. “My aim is to remain active and unify the division. This fight has been anticipated, and I’ve always known I would face him. To solidify my position as the best, I must confront and conquer all challengers.”

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Manager and trainer Colin Nathan received unexpected news from Teiken Promotions last week, indicating a potential unification bout with WBC and WBA champion Kenshiro Teraji, although Teraji’s team is considering a move up in weight class. “While surprising, we remain focused on our mandatory defense,” Nathan remarked. “Yabuki poses a significant threat with his formidable power, but Sive is poised to showcase his superiority by triumphing impressively.”

Responding to Teraji’s possible diversion, Nontshinga asserted, “If they opt not to face me, then they should vacate the division and allow me to assert my dominance.”

Negotiations for the upcoming bout between Nontshinga, represented by Matchroom, and Yabuki, represented by Lush Midri Promotions, are underway, with a deadline set for July 19th.

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