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‘Chain Reaction’ ready for action

Simpiwe Konkco pounding on Nkosinathi Joyi two years ago. Pic: Nick Lourebns

Having been on the sidelines for almost a year, Simpiwe “Chain Reaction” Konkco is itching to get back into action.

The IBO minimumweight champion last fought in June when he outworked Lito Dante in his second title defence.

Plans are afoot to feature him on a bill in the Eastern Cape in June against hot-shot Mexican Moises Calleros (pictured below).

The 28-year-old is fresh off a world title shot, losing to WBO champion Ryuya Yamanaka in March, but he’s perhaps best known for giving Tatsuya Fukuhara all he could handle in a controversial split decision defeat for the WBO interim belt in 2017.

“We’re still tying up the deal,” said trainer Colin Nathan, who said promoter Rodney Berman was concluding negotiations in this regard.

Konkco is tantalisingly poised for an assault on the other titles. He’s rated number three by the WBC and number eight by the WBA and IBF. Having won 12 of his last 13 fights, he’s also one of the hottest fighters in the division, a sure match for any of the other champions.

“He’s always in the gym working hard,” said Nathan. “When the call comes, we’ll be ready. With luck, he fights again next month.”



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