Maridzo ko’s Schultz in the third - by Ron Jackson

Tineyi Maridzo knocked out Mikey Schultz in the third round to retain his WBO Africa super middleweight title in Johannesburg on July 8.

The champion, from Zimbabwe, landed a devastating overhand right, similar to the one that enabled him to beat the South African in only 86 seconds on November 20 last year.

Their first bout was for the interim title. Maridzo’s status has since been elevated to full WBO Africa super-middleweight champion. He was making his first defence.

Schultz was hoping for revenge in the rematch at the Wembley Indoor Arena, but he was caught by that big right again. It sent him crashing on his back on the canvas where he was counted out by referee Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen, one minute and 11 seconds into the round.

Maridzo (75.16 kg) came out fast at the opening bell, throwing his favourite overhand right but a cautious Schultz kept him off and scored well in the second round, possibly winning the round.

A confident Schultz (76kg) was in command in the third round until he was caught with that dangerous punch that may have ended his career.

Schultz saw his record drop to 15-2-2; 10. Miridzo’s reported record improved to 9-6; 4.

A rather flabby Daniel Bruwer (86.16 kg) had to come back from a big knockdown in the third round to score a rather fortunate eighth-round stoppage of underdog Sean Santana (84.96 kg) in a junior heavyweight bout.

Referee David van Nieuwenhuizen stopped the fight on advice of a doctor at the end of the eighth round because of a bad cut over Santana’s left eye.

Other results:

Junior middleweight: Michael van Heerden beat Michael Sangweni, pts 6

Lightweight: Jared Silverman beat Emmanuel Ndou, pts 4

Light-heavyweight: Ryno Liebenberg beat Caster Ndou, ko 3

Junior middleweight: Pius Dipheko beat Welcome Ntshingila, pts 6.

The tournament was promoted by Pat Molefe in conjunction with Neotel Africa.