Known as “Mexican” for his aggressive fighting style, Komanisi (19-4, 17 KOs), from Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, South Africa, has successfully defended his IBO title twice since winning it via impressive fifth-round knockout over Macbute Sinyabi in July 2014.
As an amateur boxer, Komanisi was a 2006 Gold Medalist in the South African games, and 2007 Gold Medalist in the South African Championships at bantamweight. He trains at the All Winners Boxing Club in East London, South Africa, with former IBF World Super Flyweight Champion Zolani “Last Born” Tete.
“I want to be a unified world champion and fight the best featherweights in the division,” said Komanisi. “This signing will help my family live a better life. My country last saw and had a WBC green belt more than 15 years ago from Sugar Boy Malinga and Dingaan Thobela and now I want to bring it back! As a Featherweight I believe I am the next big thing in the sport of boxing and I am here to stay! Unifying against all the champions in this division would be a dream come true for me.”
“We would like to thank Greg Cohen Promotions for providing this once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Komanisi’s manager, Mlandeli Tengimfene. “To Komanisi, this partnership is a dream come true.”
Clifford Mass, GCP Vice President of Business Development, says the goal will be to put the African slugger into the mix. “We are very excited about signing Lusanda Komanisi. He is a huge puncher, and featherweight is one of the hottest divisions in boxing right now. We are looking forward to putting together some big fights for him, and helping him take his career to the next level.”