Acclaimed Nkosinathi Joyi, rated by many as the best pound-for-pound boxer in South Africa and No 1 in the world in his division by Ring Magazine, has been granted a reprieve.
Joyi will not be stripped of his IBF strawweight title if the mandatory defence against Japan's Kutsanari Takayama does not take place before the end of the month.
This was confirmed on Friday by Branco Sports Promotions supremo Branco Milenkovic, who said the IBF had granted an extension for the Joyi-Takayama bout, inititally scheduled for October 29 in East London, due to extenuating circumstances.
“The fight was to have been sponsored by the Eastern Cape government through their Tourism Board,” Milenkovic said.
“But the sponsorship was withdrawn at the last minute, leaving us in a predicament without the promised financial backing.