NICK DURRANDT: NEW SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMPION 'NOT A GOOD BOXER'
Lusanda Komanisi won the SA featherweight title when he stopped Aphiwe Mboyiya in the sixth round in East London on Friday night.
The 21-year-old Mboyiya, making his second defence, was hardly ever in the fight as the more experienced challenger hammered away to break down whatever defence the champion could muster.
Both fighters were on the canvas several times from low blows and trips and tangled feet and legs but in the end “Black Magic” Komanisi crunched his way to victory.
Komanisi, thanking his trainer, Nick Durandt, made a valid point when he said afterwards: “I’m not a good boxer; not a smart boxer, but I worked hard.”
Nevertheless, the new champion gained the southpaw Mboyiya’s attention in the opening two rounds and employed a good variety of punches.
He had little trouble getting inside the taller champions defence although he was halted momentarily by a low blow in the third round.
Mboyiya was felled by glancing left to the chest in the fifth round but referee Allen Matakane ruled it a low blow.The rather ugly scrap could have ended there and then but continued for another 2 minutes and 15 seconds in the sixth before Komanisi took over the title, hitting Mboyiya as he was kneeling on the deck.
Komanisi improved his record to 15-3, with all but one of his victories inside the distance. Mboyiya’s dropped to 8-2, with four wins inside the distance.
MOKWANA RETAINS HIS BELT
Earlier Thompson Mokwana retained his SA lightweight title when he stopped Irvin Buhlalu after 2 minutes and 26 seconds of the seventh round.
Buhlalu, trained by former IBF champion Vuyani Bungu, had a reach advantage but failed to put his weight behind his fists. In contrast, Mokwana’s snappier punches earned him enough points to take an early lead and to open a cut near the former Olympian’s left eye.
With Manny Fernandes in his corner, Mokwana was always in command but referee Siya Vabaza-Booi probably intervened a little too early when she stopped the bout at a time when Buhlalu was in no great danger of being knocked out.
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XOLANI WINS PROVINCIAL TITLE
Phila Mpontshane and Xolani Mcotheli treated the spectators to some entertaining posturing in a bout for the Eastern Cape junior lightweight title. They also showed some good moves and a lack of experience.
Mcotheli won by a knockout in the tenth round to remain unbeaten after nine fights, including seven wins inside the distance.
Mcotheli took a decent right in the eighth and promptly responded by knocking the taller Mpontshane down with a similar blow.
Increasing the pressure, Mcotheli finished the fight 26 seconds into the tenth round when he landed two rights to the jaw of his opponent. The second one sent Mpontshane down again and referee Andile Matika wasted no time to signal over and out.
Mpontshane lost for the first time as a professional, his record dropping to 6-1, with four knockouts.
Andile Mtungwa and Mziwoxolo Ndwayana drew in a six-round welterweight clash. The scores were 58-57 on one card and and 57-57 on the others.
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