Fiery Konkco is conquering fisticuffs world in fine style

ON THE MOVE: Simphiwe Konco moving up the rankings Picture: MARK ANDREWS
ON THE MOVE: Simphiwe Konco moving up the rankings Picture: MARK ANDREWS
Golden Gloves Promotions (GGP) have a nice headache about Mthatha-born boxer Simpiwe Konkco.

This as Konkco surged up to the lofty positions in the ratings of at least three of the four major world bodies in the mini-flyweight division. Konkco occupies second spot in the WBA ratings with the first spot taken by Nicaraguan Bryon Rojas.

The diminutive boxer is also placed fourth in the WBC while the IBF places him in the ninth spot.

All his ratings mean that he can fight for the titles in his very next bout. This would realise his aspirations of risking his IBO title in a unification clash.GGP boss Rodney Berman is fresh from the WBC Convention in Azerbaijan where he negotiated deals for SA boxers including Konkco.

Asked what his plans were about Konkco, Berman replied: “We are waiting for these world bodies to make decisions on what is going to happen. If Konkco does not fight for a major world title in his next bout at least he will engage in an eliminator, that one is clear.”

With Berman having renewed relations with the WBC, Konkco may very well go via the Mexico-based sanctioning body whose champion is Thai Wanheng Menayothin.

The WBA title is also being monopolised in Thailand as it calls Thammanoon Niyomtrong its champion meaning Konkco would probably have to go to Thailand to realise his title unification aspirations.

But so far Rojas is standing in the way with the Nicaraguan likely to prove a kryptonite for the Colin Nathan-trained boxer.

Rojas has already proven to be a party-pooper for Nathan having dethroned his charge Hekkie Budler for the WBA title in March last year.

This outcome was a major upset given Budler’s world-class credentials and favourite tag going to the fight.

But Rojas surrendered the title in his first title defence to Niyomtrong.

The Nicaraguan has since rebounded to reel a five-bout winning streak catapulting himself to another world title shot in both the WBA and WBC.

While the WBA places him first, the WBC rates him second giving Konkco an option to go for one of the two world bodies’ titles if Rojas decides to pursue the other.

“Boxing can be like a chess game sometimes in that a movement might be triggered by what another camp does,” said Berman.

The WBA will likely take a decision about its titles in its Convention currently under way in Medellin, Colombia.

Either way 2018 will be a breakout year for Konkco to make history by becoming the first ever Mthatha- born boxer to fight for a major world sanctioning body.

Interestingly his former stablemate and homeboy Siphamandla Baleni is rated eighth by the WBA making an all-Mthatha clash between them not to be out of the realms of possibilities. — Boxing Mecca

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