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Munyai to challenge unbeaten Quigg

Johannesburg - WBA Pan-African featherweight champion Tshifhiwa “Atomic Spider” Munyai will challenge unbeaten Scott Quigg for the Englishman's WBA super-bantamweight title at the Manchester Arena, in the United Kingdom, on April 19.

Munyai was pencilled in at short notice to take on the world champion after highly-rated Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeno, the number one challenger, was forced to withdraw because of visa issues which prevented him from travelling to England.

Dereck Chisora has withdrawn from his European heavyweight title showdown with Tyson Fury in Manchester after fracturing his hand.

The 28-year-old South African, who is ranked ninth in the WBA super-bantamweight division, jumped at the opportunity to take on Quigg. He has enjoyed success in short-notice bouts before, notably in capturing the Commonwealth bantamweight title by defeating Martin Power of England in 2006.

The Limpopo-born pugilist says he always steps into the ring with one aim in mind Ä victory Ä and his fight against Quigg will be no exception.

Hard-hitting Munyai left South Africa last month to help Quigg's countryman, Martin Ward, with his preparations for his IBF bantamweight championship clash against Stuart Hall. That fight ended in a technical draw after the two boxers' heads clashed in the second round.

“Taking fights at short notice is not a problem,” said Munyai, a former IBO super-bantamweight champion.

“As a professional boxer, I always stay at the gym even if I don't have a date.

“I've been praying for this chance to come about. That's why I didn't think twice when the opportunity came knocking at my door,” Munyai said.

Munyai has a record of 24 fights, two losses and one draw, while Quigg is unbeaten after 29 outings, with two draws.

Sapa

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