By Lwazi Ndzobongo at ringside: Ilunga Makabu 15-1 (12) retained his WBC Cruiserweight Silver belt by defeating Eric Fields 22-2 (16) via fifth round knockout. A monstrous left cross put an end to the evenings proceedings, landing beautifully on Fields chin. Fields was unable to beat the count and the fight was called off at 1 minute and 59 seconds of the 5th round here at Emperors Palace, East of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Makabu started slowly, taking unnecessary punches in the 1st round, the 2nd round was more competitive, with Makabu shading it. Makabu picked up the action in the 3rd, hurting Fields with good combinations, blooding Fields nose in the process. The 4th followed a similar sequence, Makabu landing combinations and taking some punches from the bigger and tired looking Fields.
Makabu put the cherry on top with the left cross to put an end to a great boxing match! He showed a bit of everything, showmanship, power, skills and is proving to be a crowd pleaser with his style. Big win for Makabu and a great future ahead for him.
Ryno Liebenberg 13-0 (9) beat Gabriel Ramirez 13-5-1 (7) to claim the WBC International Silver Light Heavyweight title. It took Liebenberg just 1 minute and 58 seconds to capture the title against the Argentine Ramirez.
Liebenberg landed a left hook that had Ramirez’s legs doing the jive before unloading a barrage of punches on his hurt foe. Ramirez went down and was able to beat the referees count. However Ramirez didn’t last long as a calm Liebenberg went after his hurt opponent and landed an uppercut that put Ramirez’s backside on the canvass and he wasn’t able to get up this time round.
Liebenberg retains his unbeaten record and continues his march to bigger and better things.
Nkosinathi Joyi 24-2 (14) redeemed himself from his last performance by defeating Benezer Alolod 12-5-4 (2) to claim the WBC International Junior Flyweight Title. Joyi was his mechanical self, stalking Alolod and unleashing brutal punches to body and head. Alolod didn’t do himself any favours by not moving enough and staying in front of Joyi.
The end came in the ninth round, a straight left from Joyi sent a tired and beaten Alolod to the canvass. The referee counted Alolod out at 2 mintes and 48 seconds. Joyi became the first man to knockout Alolod! Joyi will now look to fight for a world title.
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