Francis Cheka is expected to challenge German boxer Benjamin Simon for the IBF title bout to be staged at a place and date to be announced later, the IBF president for Africa, Onesmo Ngowi, confirmed yesterday.
Ngowi availed The Guardian with an electronic mail statement without detailing the dates and places where the bout will be held.
He said the IBF title contest is being organised jointly with the United States Boxing Association.
The IBF president said Cheka has the merit of contesting for the title after excelling in the ring since last year.
Cheka’s records are sufficient to contest for the IBF title, according to Ngowi.
The contest between Cheka and the German boxer has been on the agenda during the IBF/USBA general assembly staged in Honolulu from May 28 through June this year.
German promoter Eva Rolle will be in charge of the contest between Cheka and Simon.
Simon retained his IBF title a fortnight ago when he knocked out Tanzanian Rashid Matumla at the fifth round in Berlin.
This is Cheka’s glorious opportunity to underline his credentials at global stage after excelling at home.