By Lwazi Ndzobongo at ringside: Chris van Heerden retained his IBO Welterweight title via unanimous points decision over Sebastian Lujan here at Emperors Palace, East of Johannesburg. The judges scored it 120 - 108 twice and 119 - 109.
Van Heerden was in control throughout this boxing match and landed his straight left on Lujan face almost at will. Lujan for all his experience never seemed to have a game plan and was more happy to smile and show that he wasnt hurt by any of the champions blows.
Van Heerden would have got a knockout if he had more pop in his punches but none the less put enough pressure and combinations on Lujan to come out the credible winner. He also displayed an improved defence, credit to his trainers, this will bode him well as he ventures into international waters.
Good win for Van Heerden.
The much anticipated Cruiserweight Super 8 finally got underway and not without any controversy. Already on the Friday, Ran Nakash was kicked out for failing to meet the weight limit, very unprofessional and disrespectful on his part. His opponent Johnny Muller got a free pass to the second round.
On fight night itself, things got heated and ugly right from the beginning.
The 1st fight of the competition saw Zack Mwekassa take on Tshepang Mohale, in what was always going to be a who lands first wins match. It didnt disappoint and with only 81 seconds gone in the first round, Mohale was lying flat on his back after Mwekassa mauled him from the beginning of the round. Mwekassa looked mean and eager to prove a point, the win puts him top of the crop and it will take some doing by the other fighters to beat him.
Next up was Thabiso Mchunu against Flo Simba, this fight too ended in the first round, when the referee stopped the fight after Mchunu had landed some telling blows on Simba’s face. Simba didnt seem out of it but was definitely hurt, the crowd booed the referees decision and it might have been a case of the referee jumping in too early. Either way Simba didnt look sharp, he was throwing punches wildly and Mchunu was able to pick him off, Mchunu was the better skilled man. Simba seems to be going nowhere and his boxing skills aren’t improving, power alone doesn’t a boxer maketh Mr Simba. Very good win for Mchunu, despite the controversial stop, a despute will be launched with Boxing South Africa on Monday to try declare the bout a no contest and a rematch instituted.
In probably the best fight of the evening or at least one that did resemble a proper boxing match, Danie Venter outpointed Daniel Bruwer over 8 rounds. Venter won with scores of 79 - 72 twice and 78 - 73. Venter looked lean and trim, he outboxed Bruwer throughout and when Bruwer took a standing eight count in the seventh round, the fight was as good as over for Bruwer. Venter looks the most rounded boxer left in the competition.
Great fight card by Golden Gloves Promotions, looking forward to the next round of Super 8 in September.
June 16, 2012