Results Analysis - by André de Vries

Old fighters never die, it seems. They just keep on fighting. Phillip Holiday (39- 7-1 (22)), weighing a career-high 69.4 kg and at the ripe old age of 40, won the Australian junior middleweight title with a ten-round points win over Jason Kanofski, a 25-year-old with a 13-4-3 (2 stoppage wins) record. Doesn’t say much for Aussie boxing, does it?

Remember the days when a world title fight was something really special? We recently had three on one tournament: Hekkie Budler deserved the decision over Juanito Rubillar this time to retain the IBO junior flyweight title, Gideon Buthelezi won the vacant IBO mini flyweight title beating Ronelle Ferreras, and Malawian Isaac Chilemba won the vacant IBO super middleweight title beating Michael Bolling over 12 rounds.

It is possible that in these three champions we have world title holders that are not capable of beating the national champions in their weight divisions, and the only way they are going to gain any credibility with local fight fans is beat the best the country has to offer. At the least, if they lose, the title stays in local hands.

Well done to Nkqubela Gwazela, who had won only 5 of his last 10 fights, for winning the South African bantamweight title by beating Klaas Mboyane on points over 12 rounds. Gwazela is a former flyweight champion.

Other results:

May 27 – Johannesburg:

Chas Wassermen W ko 1 Ndumiso Mbatha – light heavy; Wynand Mulder W ko 4 Sheldon Thatchell – light heavy; Keith Nkosi W tko 4 Edward Khwezi – light; Patson Munyaro W 4 Fanfikile Cabe – bantam; Prince Ndlovu W 4 Nkosinathi Ntshangase – jnr light; David Kitooke W 6 Simon Mokoena – super middle. Grant Fourie W 6 Stanford Mabasa – light; Chamunorwa Gonorenda W 6 Rudy Bruwer – light heavy.

May 29 – Belgrade (Serbia): Nikola Stevanovic W 12 Chris van Heerden – IBF Intercontinental junior middle title.

May 29 - Mdantsane: Nkqubela Gwazela W 12 Klaas Mboyane – SA bantam title; Xolisani Ndongeni W 4 Luyanda Vumazonke – jnr light; Thembelani Chitani W 6 Kyle Bothma – jnr welter; Zukile Toko W 6 Thembelani Nxoshe – fly; Aphiwe Mboyiya W tko 1 Sithembiso Klaas – feather; Alex Mbaya draw 8 Roland Francis – jnr heavy; Thanduxolo Gatyeni W ko 1 Phumlani Sitali – jnr light; Phumlani Mdlokolo W tko 2 Fuzile Mzamo – jnr welter; Mandilakhe Ndibongo W 4 Hlanga Khanzi – feather.

May 29 – Windhoek (Namibia): Paulos Ambunda W 8 Sipho Nkadimeng – bantam.

June 10 – Mansfield (Australia): Phillip Holiday W 10 Jason Kanofski – Australian junior middle title.

June 19 – Kempton Park: Hekkie Budler W 12 Juanito Rubillar – IBO jnr fly title; Gideon Buthelezi W 12 Ronelle Ferreras – IBO mini fly title; Jason Bedeman W tko 3 Bongani Dlamini – IBO Africa light title; Isaac Chilemba W 12 Michael Bolling – IBO super middle title; Flo Simba W 6 Elvis Moyo – heavy.

June 27 – Mdantsane: Mandisi Mkile W 6 Melumzi Dyantyi – jnr fly; Wele Yokose W 6 Mluleki Fukile – mini fly; Mlamli Madikane W 6 Lulamile Booi – light; Phakamile Tshali W 4 Phelo Bhene – jnr bantam; Luyanda Vumazonke W 4 Mzoxolo Dyani – jnr feather; Melikhaya Mlotha W 4 Sobantu Dindo – jnr welter; Asino Joseph draw 4 Lunga Qogi – jnr feather; Vuyani Masondo W 4 Sivuyile Khangalani – jnr light; Zukile George draw 4 Sikhulile Jack – mini fly.

July 10 – Pretoria: Danie Venter W ko 4 Kali Kilembe - heavy; Rudolph Venter W ko 5 Ben Moakamela - light heavy; Elias Moremi W 6 Ephraim Mkhatshawa - feather; Samson Ndlovu W ko 3 Johannes Masega - junior welter; Thabo Moabi W 6 Lerato Khola - fly; Thomas Mamaila W 4 Tholakele Mxonywa - junior light.