By Lawazi Ndzobongo:
Hekkie Budler (21-1) beat Florante Condes (25-7-1) on unanimous points decision to retain his IBO Strawweight Title here at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg on Saturday night.
The judges scored the fight 116 - 112, 118 - 110 and 115 - 113 all in favour of the champion.
Budler was composed and showed maturity beyond his young age to outbox and outwit the veteran Condes. Condes seemed to look for a knockout early on as he kept missing with wild punches. Budler jab and moved, fought inside when necessary, threw combinations but probably his most attractive skill in this fight was his defense and not going wild.
The young man is coming of age and this was a polished performance.
Liebenberg and Muller thrill.
Ryno Liebenberg (9-0) beat Johnny Muller (12-2-2) via 9th round TKO to capture the vacant All-Africa IBO light heavyweight title.
Liebenberg was down in the 2nd round due to a classic left right combination from Muller but also came back in the 5th with his own left hook that had Muller visit the canvass.
Both boxers fought well and gave as good as they got in this thrilling boxing match. In the 9th round Liebenberg caught Muller with a right uppercut and followed with a flurry of punches that saw Muller go down on his knees to end the contest.
Venter surprises Mwekassa!
Danie Venter (15-5) knocked out Zack Mwekassa (13-3) in the 4th round of the other Nashua super eight Cruiserweight semi-final. The fight ended at 2 minute and 23 seconds of the round.
Mwekassa was favoured to beat the older Venter given his much vaunted punching power but Venter had other plans
In the 2nd round, Mwekassa caught Venter and went for the kill, only for him to be careless and was caught with a straight right that sent him for a standing eight count. When the action resumed, Mwekassa was caught again and it was all Venter for the rest of the round.
In the 4th Mwekassa went for a body attack, Venter caught him with a left hook that sent him to the canvass for another standing eight count. Venter then went for the kill and sent Mwekassa to the canvass again, causing the referee to stop the fight.
Where to for Flo?
Thabisa Mchunu (12-1) again beat Flo Simba (12-4) via 1st round TKO in this Nashua super eight Cruiserweight semi-final. Mchunu stunned Simba early in the round with a powerful left hook. Simba never recovered from the punch and absorb plenty punishment from Mchunu before the referee waved off the fight at
2 minutes 46 seconds. Simba’s right eye was swollen shut.
This was the same way things ended in their 1st fight and the result wasn’t any different. Simba will do well to consider his career, he has been easy to hit and has shown he doesn’t have a rock chin. He has lost 4 of his last 6 fights.
Could it be the end for Fana?
Sipho Taliwe (20-2-1) beat Mzonke Fana (31-5) on unanimous points decision over 12 rounds to retain the WBC International lightweight. Taliwe knocked down Fana twice, in the 6th and 8th round. The judges scored the fight 117 - 110 twice and 115 - 112. Taliwe was always in charge and at times toyed with the former IBF champ who despite trying just didn’t have enough to keep Taliwe at bay. Fana now 38 years old is fast running out of options and this performance won’t have gained him many fans.
A magnificent night of boxing put together by Golden gloves promotions. We may have seen the end for both Simba and Fana but Budler showed the future is still bright.
The Nashua super eight Cruiserweight final between Mchunu and Venter on the 10th of November should be a cracker, Mchunu has beaten Venter before, will it be revenge or the same outcome, look forward to that!
September 22, 2012