By Lwazi Ndzobongo at ringside: Nkosinathi Joyi retained his IBF Mini Flyweight Title via a no contest decision against Katsunari Takayama at the Big Top Arena in Carnival City, South Africa on Saturday night.
A clash of heads resulted in a cut on the right side of Takayama’s head, the ring side physician then deemed Takayama unfit to continue forcing the referee to call off the bout. The official time was 1.59 seconds into the third round, Joyi had seemed the stronger of the two up until the stoppage. Joyi is now 21-0-1 and Takayama 24-4-1.
On the undercard Argenis Mendez became the mandatory IBF Jr Lightweight title challenger after out-pointing Cassius Baloyi over 12 rounds of boxing. The judges scored the fight 117-110 twice and 117-111. It was an entertaining bout that had Baloyi down in the first round from a straight right. Mendez dominated early on and was also the stronger finisher, while Baloyi was competitive in the middle rounds against his younger, harder hitting opponent. In the end it came down to Mendez’s bigger punches and pressing of the action that got him the nod and a chance to face Mzonke Fana, the IBF Champion, who beat Baloyi to win the title last September. Mendez improves to 18-1, while Baloyi falls to 37-6-1.
In the most exciting and entertaining fight of the night, Daniel Bruwer stopped Ruben Groenewald in the eighth and final round of their Catch weight bout. Bruwer knocked down a tired looking Groenewald twice in the eighth round before the referee stopped the fight at 2 minutes and 56 seconds when it became clear that Groenewald was out on his feet and couldn’t defend himself anymore. The action wasn’t always pretty but there was plenty of it as both men threw bombs at each other, going along with the pre fight dislike they had shown. Bruwer always looked the better fighter but Groenewald’s heart and determination made sure the fight lasted as long as it did much to the crowds pleasure. Bruwer improves to 22-2-1 while Groenewald falls to 23-9-3.
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