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Hard Fight for Warren - by Pete Moscardi

Sipho Taliwe produced a superb display of precision punching and skilful boxing to retain his South African junior-lightweight title by scoring a fourth round TKO shutout win over his previously unbeaten challenger, Warren Joubert on this Future Boxing Promotions bill at the Wembley Arena, Johannesburg on April 23.

Joubert, who had been regarded as an exciting prospect leading into this fight, was totally outclassed by the sharp-shooting Taliwe, whose high level of boxing would certainly make him eligible to compete at international level. The writing was on the wall for the challenger from the opening seconds of the first round when Taliwe’s left jab threaded its way through Joubert’s somewhat porous defence to turn his face into a bloody mess. Taliwe also discovered that he could not miss with the left hook to the head, and twice in the first round Warren was staggered by solid left hooks. Joubert’s misery continued into the second, but although his face was a bloody mask and he was shipping punishment he fought back gamely.

Taliwe was doubling and tripling his punches in the third and a vicious twopunch combination to the jaw had Joubert down for eight. Joubert’s cause now looked hopeless and trainer, Nick Durandt would not have attracted any criticism had he pulled his fighter out at the end of this session. Joubert was game to the last and was still giving it his all in the fourth when Taliwe crashed home a sickening right to the jaw which catapulted Joubert into the ropes and halfway through them. Joubert slithered to the canvas but amazingly pulled himself upright in time to beat the count. But the fight had been brutally knocked out of him and referee Thabo Spampool waved it over at 2.50 of the round, with Nick Durandt simultaneously signalling surrender by putting in the towel. Taliwe improved his record to 15-2 while Joubert saw his statistics fall to 16- 1-2.