By Ron Jackson
Simphiwe Khonco returns to action after being inactive for greater than 13 months when he defends the IBO minmumweight belt against Filipino, Toto Landero in Umtata on Sunday, July 22. It is kind of unhappy that the gifted Khonco (18-5, 7 KOs) who will likely be 32-years-old on June 26 has been inactive since June 10 final yr. He received the IBO belt in June 2016 and has made profitable defenses against Nkosinathi Joyi and Lito Dante, each on factors.
Landero, 22, who has a document of 10-2-2, 2 KOs, is ranked at quantity eight by the IBO. His solely two losses got here against Joey Canoy (11-2-1) in September 2016 on a sixth spherical stoppage, and in his most up-to-date battle in March this yr against Thammanoon Niyomtrong (16-Zero) who beat him on unanimous 12 spherical factors determination in protection of the WBA minimumweight belt.
This is a should win battle for Khonco as he’s ranked at a excessive quantity two by the WBC and will problem the excellent WBC minimumweight champion Chayaphon Moonsri (alias Wanheng Menayothin) who has a document of 50-Zero, 18 KOs.
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