Sivenathi Nontshinga vs Adrien Curiel IBF Title Fight In November
3kingboxing.com has learned that Sivenathi “Special One” Nontshinga (12-0, 9 KOs) will make the second defense of the IBF junior flyweight title against Mexico’s Adrian Curiel (22-4-1, 3 KOs) on November 4 at the Casino de Monte Carlo, in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The bout will occur on DAZN on the undercard of Joe Cordina versus Edward Vazquez.
Nontshinga is currently South Africa’s lone world champion. The 24-year-old won the IBF strap in September 2022 with a tough, unanimous decision victory over Hector Flores. Title defense number one for the Special One was an easy unanimous decision win over then-mandatory challenger Regia Suganob in July 2023.
Next up for the defending champion is Curiel. The 24-year-old from Mexico City, Mexico is ranked eleventh by the IBF at 108 pounds.
HOW THEY MATCH UP
The South African is a boxer-puncher who uses the jab to set up his attack. Nonthshinga showed his toughness in the win over Flores as he gritted his teeth and overcame getting knocked down to pull out the win.
Curiel is not much of a puncher, but he is tough and durable. A switch-hitter, he has the ability to box on the outside or initiate the action and pressure opponents.
Nontshinga feels he’s the future of the division and has aspirations of a unification fight in 2024. But first, he must take care of business against Curiel. The challenger is looking to take full advantage of his first world title opportunity and become the new IBF junior flyweight champion.