Cassius Baloyi retires after defeat - by Ron Jackson

Tsiko Mulovhedzi recovered from a first-round knockdown to retain his SA welterweight title on Sunday, October 14, 2012.

The champion stopped Kyle Smith 2 minutes 13 seconds into the fifth round of their fight at the Nasrec Expo Centre, Johannesburg.

But the big news from the tournament was that former IBF champion Cassius Baloyi retired after losing to Malcolm Klassen in a bout on the undercard.

In the main bout, the 29-year-old Smith, who weighed (66.65 kg), came out fast at the opening bell and caught the champion with a barrage of punches before landing a right to the jaw that sent Mulovehedzi down in the corner.

The superbly fi t Mulovhedzi (66.3 kg) survived the round by holding and mauling and came back well to take the second, third round and fourth rounds with some sharp lefts and rights to the head.

The 25-year-old champion dropped Smith for a count midway through the fifth round and soon afterwards the challenger went down again.

Smith beat the count again but was little more than a punching bag being battered against the ropes until referee Thabo Spampool stepped in, rather belatedly, to end the fight.

It was a much improved performance by Mulovhedzi who won the vacant title in August in a clash with Boitshepo Mandawe.

He showed he could also punch a bit as he improved his record to 6-7-3, including 3 knockouts. Smith’s reported record dropped to 11-2; 7.

The judges were Boitumelo Madiba, Simon Xamlashe and Joseph Chaane.

KLASSEN BEATS BALOYI

In the main supporting bout, a lightweight clash between former IBF junior lightweight champions, Malcolm Klassen (59.15 kg) beat Cassius Baloyi (59.70 kg) on points over eight rounds.

Judges Spampool and Simon Mokadi scored it 77- 73 and 80-72 and Alfred Buqwana had it 77-75.

The 31-year-old Klassen dominated from the first round against the 38-year-old Baloyi, who never won a round on my card.

Baloyi’s record dropped to 37-8-1; 19 and he announced his retirement from boxing after the fight. Klassen improved his record to 26-5-2, with 14 knockouts.