Results Analysis - by André de Vries
There was plenty of action in December, but little of substance. Most notable was the shocking drawn decision in the Joan Guzman verses Ali Funeka fight for the vacant IBF lightweight title in Quebec, Canada. Guzman, of the Dominican Republic, was given a draw that drew condemnation from around the world as most experts had Funeka a clear winner. Funeka has recently been nominated for a third attempt at a world title, and promoter Branco Milencovic, winner of the purse bid to stage the fight and assures the boxing fans that the fight will be held in South Africa. Is it third time lucky for Funeka? Let’s hope so. Sadly, an out-of-sorts looking Isaac Hlatshwayo lost his IBF welterweight title to Jan Zaveck of Slovenia (but based in Germany) in his first defence. Hlatshwayo was never in the fight, and we are left wondering if he can make it back to the top again. Noni Tenge became the first South African female to win a “world title” when she beat Gifty Ankrah of Ghana to win the World Boxing Federation female welterweight title.
November 22 – Mdantsane: Mzolisi Yoyo W 10 Stanley Gola – Eastern Cape jnr welter title; Mniyakhe Sityata W 8 Khayalethu Qave – jnr bantam; Luyanda Mrawuli W 6 Bonakele Bikhitsha – jnr feather; Wonga Lobese W tko 2 Mziyanda Ntame – jnr light; Phakamile Tshali W tko 2 Sithembile Luzipho – bantam; Mbulelo Mpendu draw 6 Thembelani Nxoshe – fly; Lamla Kamte W ko 1 Mvinqi Noqoko – jnr feather.
November 27 – Johannesburg: Earl Strydom W tko 2 Benjamin Wessels – super middle; Mluleki Fikile W 6 Charity Mukondeleli – jnr fly; Nkululeko Mhlongo W ko 2 John Mokgotsa – jnr middle; Thompson Mokwana W tko 3 Takalani Dangale – light; Kgotla Baeti W tko 3 Amos Nhlapo – light; Chamunorwa Gonorenda W 4 Kali Kelembe – heavy; Marcel Japhta W 6 Vusumzi Manyoni – feather; Sylvester Zacky W 4 Solomon Letsoale – middle; Johnny Muller W 6 Mongezi Ndzamela – heavy.
November 28 – Quebec City (Canada): Ali Funeka draw 12 Joan Guzman – IBF light title.
November 29 – Mdantsane: Lusanda Komanisi W ko 3 Nceba Zozo – Eastern Cape bantam title; Thobela Zozi W 4 Lonwabo Mkosana – jnr light; Malibongwe Mtusanto W 4 Siphosethu Donda – mini fly; Sinethemba Hela W 4 Zimasa Myekeni – mini fly; Vusumzi Mlindwa draw 4 Siviwe Mpambani – welter; Morris Lento W tko 2 Mzivukile Dingaan – fly; Sakhumzi Bongwana W tko 1 Preston Mozambique – jnr light;
November 30 – Kempton Park: Morne Bothma W 4 Nhlanhla Mnguni – bantam; Flo Simba W ko 1 Thato Tholano – heavy; Ashley Dlamini W tko 3 Balangani Ndou – feather; Joey Stiglingh W 6 Stephen Ntshingila – jnr light; Mbuso Ndlela W tko 2 Kyle Smith – welter; Stephen Castle W tko 3 Khayeni Hlungwane – heavy; Grant Fourie W 6 Thulani Mbatha – light; Jason Bedeman W tko 1 Joseph Modise – light.
December 4 – Durban; Jerome Cebekhulu W tko 6 Bheki Mlaba – KZN jnr feather title; Simphiwe Mthethwa W ko 4 Emmanuel Maphumulo – KZN bantam title; Samson Ndlovu W ko 3 Mandlenkosi Nzuza – welter; Mbongeni Xungu W tko 1 Thokozani Ngcobo – light; Prince Msani W 4 Xola Hudson – fly; David Josef W 4 Kwanele Zulu – light heavy; Xolani Mvubu W 6 Emmanuel Gwala – middle.
December 11 – East London: Nkqubela Gwazela W 10 Nick Otieno – bantam; Phumlani Ntlebi W tko 2 Thandosizwe Masinda – welter; Bongani Mfundisi W 6 Siviwe Mqakamba – mini fly; Maxolise Mbexeshi W tko 1 Siyanda Ngange – jnr feather; Luzuko Siyo W tko 2 Thobani Mbangeni – mini fly; Luyanda Mrawuli W 6 Dumisani Tose – feather; Ayanda Yaphi W tko 1 Wandile Mseleku – jnr light.
December 11 – Johannesburg: Dejan Zaveck W tko 3 Isaac Hlatshwayo – IBF welter title; Jackson Chauke W ko 2 Sandile Mxabaniso – fly; Warren Joubert W ko 3 Patrick Masango – jnr light; Oscar Chauke W ko 1 Tendai Sanyarukova – jnr feather; Nthuthuko Memela W tko 4 Masande Kakaza – welter.
December 18 – East London: Sabelo Jubatha W tko 10 Luthando Vukuza – South African feather title; Siviwe Ntsiko W tko 3 Simphiwe Khonco – mini fly; Noni Tenge W tko 9 Gifty Ankrah – WBF Female welter title; Matima Molefe W ko 1 Simphiwe Foba – jnr light; Mncedi Yokose W tko 4 Lindile Petse – bantam; Siviwe Hasheni W 6 Sakhumzi Bongwana – feather; Vusumzi Mlindwa W tko 3 Thembelani Gopheni – welter; Nomadithini Dyamba W 4 Zandile Phansi – light; Noxolo Makanavu W 4 Nolubabalo Nanto – fly.