Common ground will have to be found in order for Phila Mpontshane’s title defence against Sibusiso Zingange to go ahead.  

Ink Sport can reveal that there’s a standoff between Mpontshane’s manager Andy Mtshotshisa and Bonglez Boxing Promotions over the purse. 

This comes after Bonglez Boxing Promotions informed Mtshotshisa that its budget is less than R80 000. Mtshotshisa believes that the South African junior-lightweight champion deserves more as he’s going to make a fifth defence of his belt. 

“They have told us about their budget, which is far less than what we expected. They have put us into a very tight corner now,” Mtshotshisa said. 

Mtshotshisa and Bonglez Boxing Promotions agreed on an R80 000 purse in August, but that was before Boxing South Africa (BSA) rejected Zingange’s challenge at the time because he had lost his last two fights to Tanzanian Class Mgender and Albert Batyrgaziev from Russia. 

Now Zingange is eligible to challenge Mpontshane after he beat Anthony Maloisane in September. 

On Tuesday BSA sent a message to Mtshotshisa giving him and Mpontshane three working days to accept the challenge. 

Meanwhile, Immanuel Mutavhatsindi from Bonglez Boxing Promotions said that they are open to negotiations. 

Bonglez Boxing Promotions has earmarked Sunday, 12 December, as the date of the fight.  

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