The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has cleared former IBF International Featherweight champion Gottlieb Ndokosho’s Tanzanian opponent, Francis Miyeyusho, to square off for the vacant IBF Continental Featherweight title on Saturday.
Lindsey Tucker, the IBF championships committee chairman wrote to Kiriati Kamanya, who is the Salute Boxing Academy’s executive chairman and promoter of the bout saying: “The IBF has granted formal sanction for the vacant Continental Africa Featherweight Championship fight between Ndokosho and Miyeyusho, slated for the 28th of this month in Outapi.”
The IBF championship chairman said IBF president Daryl Peoples would contact the promoter regarding the names of the officials. The bout brings to the fore yet another thrilling battle of the titans when the two awesome and fearsome pugilists in the featherweight division weigh up their chances of moving up the ratings.
Ndokosho, who is rated at Number 13 on the IBF Intercontinental ratings, seeks to revive his ailing fortunes after suffering at the hands of Oscar Chauke, the playful South African dynamo, in February this year at the same venue. The two clashed for the IBF International Featherweight diadem.
Once regarded as the “king of the featherweight division in Africa, Middle East and Persian Gulf”, the Namibian faces a formidable challenge from the Tanzanite Boy, a charging animal in the ring in the shape of Miyeyusho.
Residents of Outapi are reportedly rallying behind their sport-loving governor, a former boxer himself, to witness yet another boxing spectacle, as local boy Ndokosho seeks to clear away the memories of losing his IBF international title to Chauke.
As for Miyeyusho, he needs to prove a point or two on how and why he is the IBF continental challenger and if that is indeed answered clearly, the rumble at Outapi would be a thrilling battle of the two pound to pound pugilists.