By Lwazi Ndzobongo at ringside: Ali Funeka produced fireworks in stopping Jason Bedeman in the 1st round of their bout here at Emperors Palace in Gauteng,South Africa on Monday night. A powerful straight right sent Bedeman to the canvass for the second time and this time he stayed down, whilst he was being counted out.
It was always a risky fight for Bedeman after a long lay off to get into a fight with someone of Funeka’s pedigree and unfortunately for him it didn’t pay off. Bedeman looked undecided and overawed as Funeka walked him down and landed his right hand with ease. Bedeman was down for an eight count due to the right hand already and had tentatively gotten up to suffer more punishment before being sent to the canvass for the final time.
Funeka celebrated wildly, obviously overjoyed by his nights work, many had thought the new, rejuvenated Bedeman would put up a better fight but he never got going. Bedeman will have to rethink his career, whilst Funeka will be looking for better bouts in future.
Adam De Moor lived up to his hype in putting away Luyanda Jako in five rounds. De Moor was always in charge, boxing well and breaking down Jako. The action heated up in the fourth, as De Moor sent Jako to the canvass for an eight count, Jako did well to get up and was competitive for the remainder of the round.
Jako was taking some severe punishment and when a big left landed in the fifth, sending him to the canvass, the referee called of the action. Very impressive win for De Moor, looking forward to his fight with Zan Jonker.
Paul Kamanga was unimpressive in beating Willis Baloyi over 6 rounds, the judges scores read 59-55, 59-55 and 58-56.
Alfonso Tissen got a split decision win over Tyrone Koen in an entertaining junior middleweight six rounder, the scores read 58-56, 56-58 and 59-55.
Featherweight Ricardo Hiraam stopped William Baloyi in four rounds.
This box and dine event was promoted by Jeff Ellis.