IBF orders Suganob, Nontshinga

JUST days after his impressive win against Mark Vicelles in a world title eliminator in Calape, Bohol, the International Boxing Federation (IBF) mandated No. 1 challenger Regie Suganob and defending light flyweight champion Sivenathi Nontshinga to fight each other in a world title fight.

The IBF ordered both camps to start negotiating for a mandatory world championship bout and has given a deadline of March 28 to get the fight done. If bodies won’t reach an agreement before the deadline, the fight will go to a purse bid.

Nontshinga is promoted by Eddie Hearns Matchroom Boxing, while Suganob is handled by Floriezyl Echavez Podot’s PMI Bohol Boxing Promotions.

Last Feb. 25, the 25-year-old Suganob put on an impressive boxing display in front of a hometown crowd against Vicelles, who was also unbeaten coming into the fight.

Suganob dropped Vicelles once and then walked away with a convincing technical decision. The fight was stopped in the eighth round because of a cut above Vicelles’ eye. Suganob won with scores of 80-71, 78-73 and 77-74.

The 24-year-old Sivenathi, in the meantime, walked away with a split decision to win the vacant IBF light flyweight strap against Hector Flores last Sept. 3, 2022 in Hermosillo, Mexico. Sivenathi won with scores of 114-113, 116-111 and 112-115.

Sivenathi earned a shot at the vacant world title after beating Christian Araneta by unanimous decision in Gqebera, South Africa.

Suganob is 13-0 with four knockouts, while Sivenathi is 11-0 with nine knockouts. (EKA)