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Oosthuizen stops Mexican in eighth - by Ron Jackson

Thomas Oosthuizen scored an impressive eighth-round knockout over Saul Roman from Mexico at the Emperors Palace Casino in Kempton Park on April 27.

The southpaw South African, weighing 76 kg, dominated the fight from the first bell and jolted Roman with stiff combinations to the head through the first four rounds.

Despite absorbing tremendous punishment Roman (76.20 kg) never looked in trouble and even came back to possibly shade the fifth round when he stopped Oosthuizen in his tracks with a big overhand right.

However, Oosthuizen regained control in the sixth and seventh rounds before landing a big shot to the side of the head in the eighth.

The Mexican was flat on his back when referee Thabo Spampool counted him out 35 seconds into the round.

Oosthuizen improved his record to 11-0; 8 and Roman dropped to 34-7; 13.

The judges were Alfred Buqwana, Neville Hotz and Tony Nyangiwe.

In the main supporting bout, a poor lightweight fight, former four-time world belt holder Zolani Marali (61.22 kg), beat Kgotla Baeti (61.22 kg) from Botswana by a split decision over ten rounds.

Heavyweight Flo Simba (90.50 kg), who was named prospect of the year at the recent Boxing SA awards, showed a lot of heart against the bigger and heavier Wiseman Dlomo (122 kg) before winning by technical knockout 56 seconds into the sixth round.

Another heavyweight, Johnny Muller (91.66 kg) who recently joined trainer Harold Volbrect, showed more control in hammering out a six-round points decision over the tough Papy Mongenda (90.54 kg) from the Congo.

Lightweight Bongani Dlamini (61.16 kg) completely dominated Takalani Dangala (60.80 kg) before scoring a third-round technical knockout in a bout scheduled for six. The time was 50 seconds.

In the opening bout, super-middleweight Chas Wasserman (75, 88 kg) wasted no time in stopping Benny Nkanyane (73.58 kg) in 1 minute 27 seconds. Both fighters were making their professional debut.

The tournament was presented by Golden Gloves Promotions.