By Mesuli Zifo
Female pound for pound boxer Cecilia Braekhus' promotional woes have rubbed off all the way on South African after two promoters got embroiled in a row over a possible Braekhus opponent Noni Tenge.
This is after Andile Sidinile of Sijuta Promotions negotiated with Sauerland Events to have Tenge challenge Braekhus for the WBA, WBO and WBC welterweight titles in Germany in June while Mamali Promotion boss Siphatho Handi had arranged for Tenge to fight for the WBA interim welterweight title against Dominican Republican Oxandia Castillo in East London, South African on May 31.
The two offers have left Tenge confused as she does not know which one to take.
I really do not know what to do in this situation because what Sidinile is offering me is a chance at three world titles but his offer came when I had already signed the contract with Handi to fight Castillo on May 31, Tenge said.
However Sidinile's offer is reportedly coming from Suearland Events which is embroiled in a promotional contract dispute with Braekhus.
In the midst of all this, Handi is insisting that he negotiated with the WBA to create an interim title until Braekhus has sorted out her promotional wrangles.
Braekhus needs to sort out her promotional issues and the WBA has mandated Tenge and Castillo to fight for an interim title in the meantime, Handi said.
Tenge says she is happy to take on Castillo in a warm fight before facing Braekhus.
I must say that I need to take another fight before facing Braekhus but at the same time I am thinking about what happens if things do not go my way against Castillo, she said.
Castillo is a 19-year-old lass whose only defeat in 12 fights was a ninth round stoppage loss to Braekhus in Denmark last September.
While she is Tenge's junior by seven years, she is expected to present danger to the South African boxing golden girl especially after Tenge's below par performances since she was knocked out in eight rounds by American Layla McCarter in a WBA light middleweight title challenge in September 2012.
Tenge became Africa's overnight boxing sensation when she won the IBF welterweight crown by stopping New Zealander Daniella Smith in four rounds in 2011.
Her success inspired the country's Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula to raise secure sponsorships including a luxury vehicle for her while also promising to upgrade her boxing gymnasium situated in the boxing heartland of the country, Mdantsane.
However Tenge was stripped of the title for failing to honour her mandatory defence with her former promoter Branco Milenkovic claiming that her boxing success had made her big-headed.
A defeat by McCarter in her first professional loss in 15 fights left boxing fans shell-shocked and although she bounced back to knock out Brazilian Silvia Zacarias in nine rounds last June she looked nothing like the fire-spitting boxer she once was.
It was a similar story in her last bout when she beat over-matched compatriot Esther Mashiya on points last December.
I took the fight against Mashiya without proper training as I was busy with my studies but I wanted to see how I could perform and although I did not impress the win gave me some confidence, she said.
Now with two offers on the table Tenge is in two minds on whether she should just take Braekhus or risk getting beat by a young Castillo, and sees her dreams of fighting for another world go up in smoke.Tags: Cecilia Braekhus