DUAL world boxing champion Simpiwe "V12" Vetyeka is cashing in the "lotto ticket" he won in Australia in December and will take on top draw card Nonito Donaire, his promoter and manager Andile Sdinile said on Thursday.
The IBO and WBA super featherweight has signed with top US promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank to defend his WBA super belt against "The Filipino Flash" in Macau, China, on May 10.
The super bout will top Arum’s bill, which will be televised live on Home Box Office.
Sdinile, who trades under the umbrella of Sijuta Promotions, said Vetyeka’s fight deal with the legendary 83-year-old Hall of Fame inductee was finalised on Wednesday morning.
"The fight package offered by Top Rank is very good — hence we signed," said Sdinile.
"When Vetyeka won the WBA super belt from Chris John on December 6, I made it clear that he had won the lotto. He is now cashing in that ticket. We are very happy. This is a super bout. The boxing fraternity knows exactly who Nonito is. Look, victory against him, which is possible, will put Vetyeka on the road to stardom and money will just roll in."
Donaire, 31, is the former IBF and IBO flyweight, WBA super flyweight, WBC and WBO bantamweight, IBF and WBO super bantamweight champion. He boasts wins against Moruti Mthalane and Jeffrey Mathebula.
The Filipino tasted defeat in his second bout in 2001. He then went undefeated in super bouts until April 13 last year when he was outpointed by Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux for both the WBO super and WBA super bantamweight titles in New York.
Donaire came back to stop former multiple world champion Armenian Vic Darchinyan in nine rounds on November 9. Darchinyan ended the illustrious career of Mzukisi Sikali with an eighth-round stoppage for both the IBF and IBO flyweight belts in Australia on March 27 2005.
It is understood that Donaire took a great deal of punishment before halting the 38-year-old Darchinyan. Donaire suffered a slight fracture of his right orbital bone. Apparently he avoided surgery and let it heal by itself and that appears to have been the right move because he has been cleared to get back into action against Vetyeka.
The brilliant showman Donaire boasts 21 knockouts from 32 wins in 34 fights.
Vetyeka, who also holds the IBO strap, will become the first South African fighter to top a big boxing bill in China. The charismatic boxer from Duncan Village near East London — whose awesome skills are polished in Mdantsane by legendary former IBF junior featherweight champion, Vuyani "The Beast" Bungu — is becoming synonymous with breaking records.
Vetyeka scribbled his name in the history books on December 6 when he became the first prize-fighter from the continent to capture the super world belt after ending the reign of Indonesian boxing idol John, with a sixth-round stoppage in Australia.
John was bidding for the 19th defence of his title. Vetyeka, who stopped John’s countryman Cino Daud Yordan in the 12th round for the IBO diadem in Indonesia on April 14, is about to join the short list of South African fighters that tasted real fame and fortune.
The 33-year-old former South African and IBO bantamweight title holder has chalked up 16 knockouts in 26 victories against two losses. Vetyeka, who turned professional in 2002, tasted defeat in his 17th bout against Hozumi Hasegawa for the WBC bantamweight belt in Japan on May 3 2007.
He was also outpointed by Klaas Mboyane over eight rounds on June 4 2012. The fourth-round stoppage of Sibusiso Khumalo set him up against Yordan before taking on John.