GCP Signs South African Featherweight Slugger Lusanda Komanisi
Greg Cohen Promotions is happy to announce the signing of power-punching IBO World Featherweight Champion Lusanda Komanisi.
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.”
About Greg Cohen Promotions
One of boxing’s premier promotional outfits, Greg Cohen Promotions (GCP) is a well-respected name for staging world-class professional boxing events and promoting elite professional fighters throughout the world.
Founder and CEO Greg Cohen has been involved with professional boxing in various capacities since the late 1980s, honing his craft and establishing himself as a shrewd international boxing businessman.
Distinguished by his ability to spot and develop raw talent, Cohen first made promotional headlines for his expert guidance of, among many others, former WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout, who Cohen helped guide from unknown New Mexico prospect to elite pay-per-view level superstar.
In addition to Trout, Greg Cohen Promotions has worked with established names such as former unified and two-time heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman and all-time-great multiple-weight class world champion James “Lights Out” Toney.
Cohen currently promotes WBA Interim World Lightweight Champion Ismael Barroso, Undefeated WBA NABA Heavyweight Champion and world-rated contender Jarrell Miller, undefeated WBA NABA Middleweight Champion and world-rated contender Robert Brant, former world champion Kendall Holt, as well as current world-rated contenders including long-time elite middleweight “Mean” Joe Greene, top super featherweight Arash Usmanee, Canadian lightweight and TV action hero Tony Luis; WBA and five-time Irish National Amateur Champion, Dennis Hogan; and Australian lightweight prospect Josh King.
Greg Cohen Promotions has hosted world-class boxing events in the finest venues throughout the United States and the world and has also proudly provided talent and/or content for several television networks including CBS Sports Network, HBO, Showtime, ESPN, NBC Sports Network, CBS Sports Network, MSG and FOX Sports Net.