Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Mathebula Says Kiko Martinez Must Face Him Next

By Mesuli Zifo

IBF junior featherweight mandatory and South African Jeffrey Mathebula has warned newly-crowned IBF champion Kiko Martinez to forget about dreaming of facing fighters such as Guillermo Rigondeaux until he has fulfilled his mandatory to him.

Martinez caused a major upset when he dethroned previously unbeaten Colombian Jhonatan Romero via a sixth round stoppage in Atlantic City, New Jersey, US a fortnight ago.

The Spaniard jumped into the title mix even though it was Mathebula who was supposed to get the title shot as he had earned the mandatory position by beating compatriot Takalani Ndlovu this past March.

However due to the cordial relationship between Martinez and Mathebula’s camps, the Spaniard was allowed to take on Romero first in a voluntary defence option.

“I am friends with Martinez’s promoter Sampson Lewkowicz so we had no problem stepping aside to let him fight Romero first,” Mathebula’s promoter Branco Milenkovic said.

Ironically Milenkovic brought Martinez to South Africa to face Ndlovu in a title eliminator back in September 2009 and the Spaniard lost a lopsided verdict.

“We worked with Martinez before so we knew his strength going to the Romero fight,” Milenkovic said.

“We had no doubt that he would be too strong for Romero hence we agreed to step aside.”

After Martinez’s victory, the IBF sent both camps letters ordering them to begin negotiations which should be concluded in 30 days failing which the promotional rights would go to purse bids.

However Milenkovic is confident that a deal will be reached with the Martinez camp that will be beneficial to both fighters.

Lewkowicz has enjoyed a good working relations with the SA based Serbian, representing him in numerous purse bids ceremonies involving his other fighters in US.
Mathebula who dropped a points decision to Noni Donaire when he fought with a broken his jaw in July 2012 is looking  to get back to world title mix and views the IBF title held by Martinez as the platform to achieve that goal.

It was the very same IBF crown that helped him land the Donaire fight and with new kids in the division such as newly crowned WBC king Leo Santa Cruz and unified WBO/WBA king Rigondeaux he feels he can rumble into another mega bout again.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by calamaro on 08-29-2013

Tough fight for kiko, this Mathebula is tall to be a 122 pounder. But he's right, he's the mandatory and kiko should fight him. But there is no way Sergio Martinez allows the fight to go SouthAfrica. The fight will…

Comment by giacomino on 08-28-2013

[QUOTE=HeroBando;13693145]Yep same thing except that was 3 guys I think, and this is just 2 going back and forth. I think that was Klassen, Fana and another guy[/QUOTE] Cassius Baloyi is the third. Two Argentine clubfighters were the stooges brought…

Comment by HeroBando on 08-28-2013

[QUOTE=giacomino;13693109]Nothing against Mathebula - and he will beat Martinez - but his being mandatory was bull****. He "earned" it by beating Ndlovu, who had lost his previous two fights going into the "eliminator" fight. This has all the signs of…

Comment by giacomino on 08-28-2013

[QUOTE=SoggyLungs;13692668]well apparently it was supposed to be mathebula who was supposed to fight romero for the IBF ...so yah martinez should face mathebula next.[/QUOTE] Nothing against Mathebula - and he will beat Martinez - but his being mandatory was bull****.…

Comment by Hougigo on 08-28-2013

[QUOTE=giacomino;13692662]Fight will be in S. Africa and Mathebula will keep Kiko at bay and win a wide decision. Then he will probably fight Ndlovu about four more times. Poor old Kiko always has to fight on the road, even when…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (10)
Top Headlines Mayweather Parts With Prized Vehicle, His Koenigsegg Being Sold Mikey Garcia Makes Surprising Pick for His Toughest Opponent Frampton Felt Like Failure, Had Dark Days After Santa Cruz Loss Canelo-Golovkin 24/7 To Debut on August 26, on HBO Tim Tszyu Puts Away Chris Khan in Two Rounds Ismail Muwendo, Seniesa Estrada Pick Up Wins in Anaheim Verdejo To Stay Busy While Flanagan Situation is Sorted Out Tyson: McGregor's Gonna Get Killed; Dumb to Accept Boxing Rules! Gennady Golovkin Links With Chivas Regal For Chivas Fight Club Frank Warren Wins Damages Against Chris Eubank Jr. Top Rank VP: We'd Love Lomachenko-Salido II As Soon as Possible Butler-Hall II, Davies-Farrell, Fielding-Brophy on September 30 Greorge Groves vs. Jamie Cox on October 14 in London, WBSS McGregor: I Can Fight in Many Stances, Mayweather Has One Heiland: I Don't Feel Like The Underdog With Charlo, I'm Confident Broner: I Bet They Won't Bet Against Me Again After This Fight! Randy Couture: Mayweather Will NOT Knock McGregor Out Mike Tyson Says Molestation Incident Was a Motivator To Box Frampton: Selby is a Natural Fight To Make, The Timing is Right Haye: Before You Criticize Parker, Take a Good Look at Joshua! Abel Sanchez on What McGregor Must Do To Beat Mayweather Enrico Koelling Helping Erik Skoglund Prepare For Callum Smith Maybe there are worse things in boxing than Mayweather-McGregor Mayweather Vows: This Fight Won't Be Dull - It's Kill or Be Killed! Carlos Molina Hits Santo Domingo For Carlos Adames Clash Eddie Alvarez: McGregor Has Very Real Shot To KO Floyd Early Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Plans October Return, Eyes Martin Murray Cortez: McGregor a Very Powerful Puncher, Has Great Potential Amanda Serrano is Latest To Consider a Jump To MMA McGregor: Conditioning is Not an Issue Against Mayweather Jessie Magdaleno vs. Cesar Juarez Clash is Close For October Holyfield: Joshua Must Think About His Image, Forget Tyson Fury Kyoguchi Wins IBF World Title: Ryoichi Taguchi, Kono Get KO Wins Eubank Sr: James DeGale is "Suspect" For Not Entering WBSS Omar Figueroa: Mayweather-McGregor a Joke, Slap in The Face Garcia Open to Staying at 140, Moving Up to 147 After Broner Charlo: Jacobs Exploited Golovkin's Flaws, Better Than Canelo Daily Bread Mailbag: Mayweather-McGregor, Ward-Stevenson Frank Warren on Haye-Ringstar TV Deal, Signings in The UK Aloyan Gets WBC Belt in Second Pro Fight, Fedor Chudinov Wins
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement