Results Analysis - by André de Vries
Fight of the month goes to Gerald Nekhubvi who travelled to Namibia to win the WBO Africa welterweight title from Ali Nuumbembe in his backyard. Nekhubvi has been quiet on the home front, and perhaps this is the high-profile win he needs to move into the spotlight. Sipho Taliwe burst the Warren Joubert bubble with a comprehensive win to retain the South African junior lightweight title, and Sabelo Jubatha hammered Macel Japhta to defeat inside two rounds. Japhta protested that the stoppage was premature, but it looked like he was on a hiding to nothing after staggering Jubatha at the end of the first round with a solid left. Macbute Sinyabi looked somewhat fragile in retaining the National junior featherweight title with a 6th-round stoppage of Themba Lesiba. I hope I’m wrong in this assessment because Sinyabi is one of the most exciting fighters to emerge on the local scene for a while.
April 23 – Johannesburg: Sipho Taliwe W tko 4 Warren Joubert – SA jnr light title; Michael van Heerden W ko 4 Bongani Mlotshwa – Gauteng jnr middle title; Rafaiwai Maema W 4 Mpho Babe – jnr light; Kali Kelembe W tko 4 Kobus Fourie – heavy; Earl Strydom W ko 4 Abby Chauke – light heavy; Mluleki Fikile W tko 5 Phathu Nemukongwe – fly.
April 25 – East London: Sikhulule Sidzumo W 12 Mzolisi Yoyo – SA jnr welter title; Ayanda Yaphi W 6 Mbuyisela Besta – jnr light; Luzuko Siyo W tko 4 Simphiwe Khonko – jnr fly; Viwe Mdletyei W 6 Samkelo Fani – light; Sizwe Yolo W tko 2 Jerry Essau – jnr light; Aphiwe Boyiya W 4 Khayalethu Ngesi – feather; Mzivukile Dingaan draw 4 Zola Mditshwa – jnr bantam.
April 27 – Kempton Park: Tommy Oosthuizen W ko 8 Saul Roman – super middle; Zolani Marali W 10 Kgotla Baeti – light; Flo Simba W tko 6 Wiseman Dlomo – heavy; Bongani Dlamini W tko 3 Takalani Dangala – light; Johnny Muller W 6 Papy Mongenda – heavy; Chas Wasserman W tko 1 Benny Nkanyane – super middle.
April 30 – Windhoek (Namibia): Gerald Nekhubvi W ko 2 Ali Nuumbembe – WBO Africa welter title; Paulos Ambunda W tko 3 Tendani Munyai – WBO Africa light title.
May 14 – Johannesburg: Macbute Sinyabi W tko 6 Themba Lesiba – SA jnr feather title; Oupa Maimane W 4 Jarred Silverman – light; Sipho kadimeng draw 6 Bongani Siwisa – bantam; Nkululeko Mhlongo W tko 3 Theophilus Mpakane – jnr middle; Thami Mbonambi W tko 3 Lwazi Mzolisa – bantam.
May 21 – Port Elizabeth: Sabelo Jubatha W tko 2 Marcel Japhta – SA feather title; Matima Molefe W tko 4 Siyabulela Ziqula – WBF Africa feather title; Siviwe Ntsiko W tko 4 Suyabulela Khuoiso – Eastern Cape mini fly title; Unathi Jacobs W ko 1 Clifford Smith – jnr heavy.