Results Analysis - by André de Vries
Don’t blame Hekkie Budler for the
shocking decision awarding him the IBO
junior flyweight title. Budler did everything that was asked of him, and that
was to fight his heart out for twelve rounds. This he did with an admirable
display of guts and determination. What was Budler supposed to do when the
judges came up with one of the worst decisions seen locally for a long time?
Give the title back? He will know that he will never be given a victory like this
again, and it’s up to him to learn from this experience because from now on
it’s hard fights only, as title defences should be.
Ruben Groenewald disappointed in his
challenge against Thabiso Mchunu for
the South African and WBA Pan African junior heavyweight titles. As a former
WBU middleweight champion, he was expected to hang in there and give the
relatively inexperienced champion a run for his money. The fight was stopped in
the fourth round with Groenewald clearly showing signs of distress.
In one of the best wins by a local fighter overseas, Kaizer Mabuza stopped Kendall Holt of the USA at the end of the sixth round in an IBF junior welterweight title elimination contest.
Holt will be remembered for his stunning
victory over Isaac Hlatshwayo back in
January 22 – Bloemfontein: Doctor
Ntsele W ko 3 Thabiso Moorosi – SA fly
title eliminator; Bongani Mahlangu W tko
1 Wilson Asamoah – WBA Pan African
bantam title; Thabiso Mchunu W tko 4 Ruben Groenewald – WBA Pan African
and South African jnr heavy titles; Gideon Buthelezi W tko 4 Nelson Mtshali
– WBO Africa mini fly title; Tumelo Motseki W 10 Unathi Gqokoma – SA jnr bantam
title eliminator; Michael Ramabeletsa W tko 4 Zukile Toko – bantam.
February 6 – Accra (Ghana); Emmanuel Tagoe W 12 Thompson Mokwana – WBO Africa jnr light title.
February 26 – Johannesburg: Zolani
Tete W 12 Richard Garcia – IBF flyweight
title eliminator; Ilunga Makabu W tko2 Chonunorwa Gonorenda – jnr heavy;
Brian Hlophe W 6 Samson Ndlovu – jnr welter; Nthuthuko Memela W tko 3 Lebo
Mboniswa – jnr welter; Bongani Mlotshwa W tko 2 Pfunzo Nduvheni – jnrmiddle; Tsietsi Moremi W tko 2 Siyabonga Mtshali – jnr light.
February 27 – Atlantic City (USA):
Kaizer Mabuza W tko 6 Kendall Holt –
IBF jnr welter title eliminator.
February 27 – Kempton Park;
Hekkie Budler W 12 Juanito Rubilar –
IBO jnr fly title; Thomas Oosthuizen W
12 Thomas Awinbono – WBA Pan African
super middle title; Flo Simba W tko 4
Steven Castle – heavy; Jason Bedeman
W tko 2 Bilal Mohammed – WBO Pan
African light title; Tshifhiwa Munyai W
12 Daniel Ferreras - WBA Intercontinental
bantam title; Kgotla Baeti W tko 4
Danile Botman – light.
February 28 – Mdantsane: Bonakele
Bikitsha W tko 3 Lwandiso Zinto – Eastern
Cape jnr feather title; Wele Yokose W 6 Lazola Mjonono – jnr fly; Mkholisi Bhonxa W 6 Sibusiso Twani – jnr bantam; Dumisani Maka W 6 Vusumzi Mlindwa – welter; Xolisa Dudu W 4 Mfusi Maxhayi – jnr bantam; Lukhanyo Xhenti W 4 Phuthuma Mayekiso – feather; Mandilakhe Sontlaba draw 4 Thobela Zozi – jnr light; Mlamli Madikane W 4 Mqondisi Singama – jnr welter.