(challenger-Ponteras , champion-Buthelezi)
Philippine champion Ryan Rey Ponteras of Agusan del Norte will enter enemy territory to challenge IBO Super flyweight champion Gideon Buthelezi on July 28 in South Africa.
27, Ponteras (20-11-1,9 knockouts ) is currently riding on a 7-fight winning streak and recently captured the Philippine (GAB) Flyweight title by defeating Felipe Cagubcob Jr twice. Ponteras' best win was an upset win in Thailand where he stopped Thai Rusalee Samor to capture the IBF Pan Pacific Flyweight Title in 2012.
31, Buthelezi (19-5,4 knockouts) a former rival of Filipino Edrin Dapudong. The South African and Dapudong fought twice for the same title, Buthlezi pulled off split decision win but got brutally ko'd in their rematch in 2013. Buthelezi came back and on his 6 win - 1 loss run since losing to Dapudong. Buthelezi won the IBO world title in 2015 with 12 round unanimous win over fellow South African Makazole Tete.
The 12 round IBO Superflyweight world title showdown is set to take place at International Convention Centre, East London , Eastern Cape in South Africa.