AYSON Mama’s world championship dream may just have to wait a little bit longer after his fight with International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight belt Moruti Mthalane on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa has been postponed.
Boxing South Africa (BSA), South Africa’s boxing governing body, was forced to cancel the event after the promoter Tono Promotions failed to meet the requirements to stage the boxing show.
“BSA has done everything possible to save this tournament however, on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 it became evident to the federation that the promoter has failed to meet basic requirements to enable BSA to sanction and give credibility to the event. The failure by the promoter to meet basic tournament requirements has subsequently left BSA with no option but to cancel the tournament, however, affording the promoter the opportunity to communicate the cancellation and further manage the consequences which regrettably, the promoter has failed to equally do so,” wrote the BSA in an official statement.
Sanman Promotions chief executive officer JC Manangquil is confident that Mama will get his shot whether Mthalane likes it or not because he’s the mandatory challenger.
“It’s going to be rescheduled. We are going to negotiate again. Jayson is the mandatory so they will fight,” Manangquil told SunStar Cebu.
The 23-year-old Mama is the highest rated fighter in the IBF flyweight division and is considered the mandatory challenger. He earned his lofty rating after back-to-back wins over two-time world title challenger Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. and former world champion Ekkawit Songnui.
The 38-year-old Mthalane has dominated the flyweight division for more than a decade now. This is his second reign as the IBF flyweight champion after initially winning it back in 2009 against Julio Cesar Miranda.
He won the belt again in 2018 with a unanimous decision over Muhammad Waseem.
Mama is 15-0 with eight knockouts, while Mthalane is 39-2 with 26 knockouts./ EKA