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Fana's Promoter Pushing For a Burns Unification Clash

By Phil D. Jay

IBF super featherweight champion Mzonke Fana and WBO champion Ricky Burns’ chances of meeting in a 130lb unification battle were scuppered by Burn’s promoter Frank Warren, according to the South African’s promoter Branco Milenkovic.

Milenkovic has accused Warren of ignoring a doubled counter-offer that would have meant the two fighters could have met in unification fight for both belts, plus the coveted Ring Magazine belt that Burns has spoken on numerous times of his willingness and desire to fight for.

"Frank Warren has been going on about the unification for the past three weeks on every available international website,” Milenkovic told sowetanlive.co.za.

“I got sick and tired of reading about it so I informed his Sports Network that if they are serious about this fight, they should contact me instead of running to the media.

"Two weeks ago Frank made me an embarrassing offer for Fana to fight Burns in Scotland but I countered this by doubling his offer to bring Burns to South Africa.

"Frank never replied. The fight was not only going to be for the IBF and WBO but also for the prestigious Ring Magazine belt.

Fana, 37, has now agreed to a title defence against US-based Dominican Argenis Mendez (18-1) on June 11th, dashing Burns’ hopes of gunning for a second world title on home soil. The South African will be looking to improve his 30-4 record with his first defence of the title in Johannesburg.

Phil D. Jay covers the boxing scene for worldboxingnews.net

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by zzat on 04-15-2011

It's a good thing the fight is in Jo'burg.

Comment by withoutthee666 on 04-14-2011

Good........ Let's see the limey step up.

Comment by truestory1987 on 04-14-2011

I'm pretty sure Mendez will beat Fana....I think the fact that Mendez beat Baloyi in South Africa rather convincingly is a major factor in this...Mendez should go in there confident of victory...Fana is nothing special...I just believe Mendez is more…

Comment by bose on 04-14-2011

The way Barrera blitzed through Fana i thought he'd be done as Champion or top fighter, but he showed to be better then Ledwaba who was another fighter hbo had high hopes for. Props to Fana.

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