The IBF has ordered South African Sivenathi Nontshinga to defend his title against Japanese Masamichi Yabuki.

Christian Araneta of the Philippines is out due to injury and the next fighter in line for the mandatory light flyweight contest is No. 2 contender Yabuki.

Regardless of the change of opponent, Nontshinga is prepared for whatever comes his way.

“I feel good as long as I get in the ring and defend my world title. The goal is to stay active and unify the division. And yes, this fight has been talked about for some time,” said the champion. “I knew I would fight him one day. In order for me to be the best, I have to fight them and beat them. I'm ready for the world now.”

Colin Nathan, Nontshinga's manager and trainer, received a call from Teiken Promotions last week informing him that WBC and WBA champion Kenshiro Teraji wanted to unify but may move up.

“I was surprised when I was told that, but it is what it is,” said Nathan. “We will now focus on our duty and defend our title. Yabuki, the former WBC world champion, hits like a mule and is dangerous, but Sive will prove how good he is by beating him impressively.”

On the possibility of Teraji looking elsewhere, Nontshinga said: “If they do not want to fight me, they must advance and leave the division to me.”

Nontshinga is represented by Matchroom and Yabuki by Lush Midri Promotions. Both parties have until July 19 to finalize negotiations for the fight.

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