Dapudong to defend title on August 31

Edrin “The Sting” Dapudong connects a solid left to the face of Zulu fighter Gideon Buthelezi. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

SOUTH African boxing, apparently stung by Edrin “The Sting” Dapu­dong’s sensational first round knockout win over Zulu fighter Gideon Buthelezi on Saturday, has asked the new Filipino champion to defend his International Boxing Organization (IBO) Jr. Bantamweight Title on August 31.

Rodney Berman, owner of Gol­den Gloves Boxing Promotion of South Africa, has informed matchmaker Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde, Jr. that the Filipino champion will take on former world miniflyweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi, also a South African, in Johannesburg.

The first title defense come less than three months after Dapudong won the title.

Dapudong who went home to M’lang on Thursday will now have only two weeks to rest before he goes back to training in Angono, Rizal under the supervision of veteran trainer Aljo Jaro.

Read more :
  • Indian football team fails to qualify for AFC Challenge Cup
    India failed to qualify for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup on Tuesday after they were pipped by Bangladesh and Turkemenistan for a spot in the the continent's second tier tournament meant for e...
  • Carles Puyol’s season at risk following surgery
    Barcelona defender Carles Puyol could miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on an ongoing knee problem, club doctors confirmed on Saturday. Puyol finally had the surgery on ...
  • David Beckham to take up China role next week
    Football superstar David Beckham will begin his highly-anticipated role as ambassador for the Chinese Super League next week, with domestic media saying on Friday he will visit three cities...
  • Jordan reject laser claim at Japan match
    Jordan on Wednesday denied accusations that lasers were shone in Japanese players' faces during their 2-1 World Cup qualifier loss to the kingdom, saying the claims seek to justify their lo...
  • Djokovic dream still alive after Wawrinka test
    MELBOURNE - Novak Djokovic survived an almighty scare from an inspired Stan Wawrinka in a five-hour, five-set thriller at the Australian Open on Sunday, reaching a 15th consecutive grand sl...
  • Montenegro put faith in ‘Ferrari’ strike duo
    When England captain Steven Gerrard opined that Montenegro "have got certain individuals in the world-class category", he did not have to name names. Marko Basa, of French club Lille, is a...
  • 49ers in Super Bowl after comeback against Atlanta
    ATLANTA - The San Francisco 49ers battled back from a 17-0 deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 on Sunday and book their first trip to the Super Bowl in 18 years where they will face...
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga happy with World Tour draw
    Number seven seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has revealed that he is happy with his draw for the ATP World Tours Finals next week. The Frenchman has been drawn alongside former world number ones R...