The wait for Bukiwe “Anaconda” Nonina to defend her World Boxing Federation (WBF) bantamweight title will soon be over.
Negotiations for her to put her crown on the line against Hungarian challenger Edina Kiss in Bloemfontein on October 27 are at an advanced stage. The fight will be staged by Lebo Mahoko of Dream Team Promotions.
Arguably the country’s hottest female pugilist, Nonina has been concerned about the manner in which promoters have been slow to organise a challenger for her.
She won the then vacant WBF crown in March by beating German Alesia Graf via a unanimous points decision.
Anaconda also fought and beat Zimbabwean Patience Master on points in a nontitle encounter last month.
Mahoko said: “This fight will probably be Bukiwe’s toughest, seeing that the Hungarian will be here to dethrone her. We are negotiating to have both of them sign a contract in a few weeks so the bout can get under way.”
Nonina said she was looking forward to the clash.
“I believe Kiss is a tough opponent, but I won’t disappoint my fans by letting her take away my crown,” said Anaconda.
“I want to prove that I didn’t win the title by luck. Let the promoter bring it on.”
Nonina comes in with a professional record of 11 wins, three losses and one draw from 15 professional bouts.
Kiss has had 13 victories (seven by knockout) and five defeats from 18 professional fights.
Kiss was stopped by Amanda Serrano in their bout for the World Boxing Organisation female bantamweight championship in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in July.
Before then, she suffered a unanimous points loss at the hands of Heather Hardy for the World Boxing Council international female featherweight title in Brooklyn in the US in May.