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Nkosinathi Joyi - by Pete Moscardi

Nkosinathi “Mabere” Joyi’s emphatic and one-sided victory over former IBF strawweight champion, Florante Condes, at the Orient Theatre served notice that Joyi is arguably one of the best strawweight fighters in the world. Condes – 23-4-1 (20) going in - is known as “The Little Pacquiao” in his native Philippines and he posed the biggest threat that Joyi has ever had to face. But the diminutive South African, who always brings his teddy bear mascot into the ring with him, was dominant throughout the fight, which became one-sided from the fourth round onwards.Nkosinathi “Mabere” Joyi’s emphatic and one-sided victory over former IBF strawweight champion, Florante Condes, at the Orient Theatre served notice that Joyi is arguably one of the best strawweight fighters in the world. Condes
– 23-4-1 (20) going in - is known as “The Little Pacquiao” in his native Philippines
and he posed the biggest threat that Joyi has ever had to face. But the diminutive South African, who always brings his teddy bear mascot into the ring with him, was dominant throughout the fight, which became one-sided from the fourth round onwards.

The fight between these two southpaws, promoted by Branco Sports Productions,
was recognised as a mandatory eliminator for Raul Garcia’s IBF title. Condes, who won the IBF crown by outpointing Muhammed Rachman in Jakarta in July 2007, lost the title in his first defence to Garcia on a split decision in their fight in Mexico a year later. Condes’ high KO record and his reputation for being a puncher were factors which may have contributed to this fight going the distance. Undoubtedly
Joyi had respect for the ability of the Filipino and he was not about to take any
chances and blow a shot at the title. But even though he exercised caution
throughout, the points margin in his favour told the story of the fight. Judges Wally Snowball and Dion Duarte both had it 120-107 for Joyi, while Isaac Tshabalala scored it 119-108.

Joyi set a fast pace from the first, establishing his assertiveness by going
after Condes with combinations to the body and then switching to the head.
The South African used his slight height and reach advantages to keep the fight
on the outside. It was noticeable from the outset that Joyi possessed the quicker hand speed and was beating Condes to the punch. Nkosinathi turned up the pressure in the second and landed some eye-catching power shots which Condes seemed unable to avoid. An accidental low blow by Joyi in the third had the Filipino in pain and American referee, Bill Clancy, allowed him time out to recover. But Joyi was on top of Condes when the action resumed and, at this stage, this did not have the look of being a distance fight. Joyi’s main focus was to the body and Condes was forced to take wicked combinations to his rib cage in every round. The Filipino was bleeding from a cut under the right eye in the fifth, and an accidental clash of heads in this round did not do the cut any favours. At this stage of the fight Joyi was letting it all hang out, while still taking care not to expose himself to
Condes’ dangerous counter punching.

Joyi was unleashing volleys of powerpacked combinations, thrown with precision
and finding their target with pin-point accuracy. By this stage the fight had become one-sided and the Filipino was facing a hopeless task. The last half of the fight was consistent in its pattern. Condes spent most of the rounds backed up against the ropes or in a corner where Joyi pounded him without respite. Hardly a round went by when referee Clancy, who did an immaculate job in his handling of the fight, did not step in close with the intention of stopping it. But on each occasion Condes would somehow find the strength to come fighting back. The Filipino had an abundance of heart and a rocksolid chin, and it was amazing how
he was able to withstand the battering he was receiving.

And so the fight went into the last round, with Condes’ face looking as though he was the victim of a car accident. But the heart had not gone out of the Filipino and he came out keen to do battle. A cracking right-left to the jaw sent Condes staggering to the canvas for an eight count and although he arose on tottery legs Joyi still adopted a clinical approach and was content to keep him on the end of his punches as opposed for going for the kill. Joyi hd come through his sternest test to date with flying colours, bringing his record to 20-0 (15) and motivating Branco Milenkovic to announce that he would be going all out to persuade Garcia to come to South Africa to defend his title.