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20 APRIL 2018

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Mareli Retains Title Against Yoyo

By Lwazi Ndzobongo: Zolani Marali, 23-5, defeated Mzolisi Yoyo, 21-5, to retain his WBF light Welterweight title here at Orient Theatre in East London, South Africa on Saturday. Marali won by unanimous points decision, the judges scored the fight 117-111, 119-112 and 119-110.


Marali defended his title against the current South African champ, Yoyo, in a boring boxing match between two counter punchers. Marali fought well from the outside, out boxing Yoyo, who seemed out of a game plan to stop Marali.


The action was slow and without much action, even the normally hyper Orient crowd was subdued.


The switch hitting Marali did enough to win, using his superior skills to outclass Yoyo and will look to more competitive fights going forward.


Xolisani Ndongeni 12-0 (7) beat Themba Tshicila 25-8-2 (12) to retain his South African junior Lightweight title and also won the WBF International title.


In an untidy, yet interesting fight, pitting Mdantsane versus Duncan Village, Ndongeni was the winner by majority decision. The judges scored the fight 118 - 110, 115 - 113 and 114 -114.


Ndongeni used his straight right to continuously land on his southpaw challenger. It was this punch that caused Tshicila problems throughout the 12 rounds of boxing.


Tshicila did have his moments but they were limited, even though he did finish the fight strongly. This was his 6th time losing in his quest for national honours and at 37, it could have been his last.


Undercard Results:

Vusumzi Bhevu bt Vuyolwethu Sirhayi; SD 6 rounds, Featherweight

Ndikho Magadaza drew with Siseko Nkohliso; 6 rounds, Strawweight

Luyiso Velleman drew with Nasiphi Mdlangazi; 6 rounds, junior Bantamweight

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