By Lwazi Ndzobongo at ringside: Takalani Ndlovu dethroned Canadian Steve Molitor as the IBF Junior Featherweight Champion by unanimous points decision over 12 rounds on Saturday night.
The judges scored the fight 116-112 and 118-110 twice here at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in the south of Johannesburg. It was the third time the two were meeting for this title with Molitor having won the previous two encounters, via stoppage and point.
Ndlovu started faster, controlling the middle of the ring with his jab and pressing the action against Molitor , who didn’t seem himself in the early going. With the home crowd cheering every punch Ndlovu threw and Molitor not throwing much back the scene was set and the feeling was that it would be last night or never for Ndlovu.
By the fourth round it was still Ndlovu in charge, punishing Molitor to the body and head. Molitor was looking more like a man who was preserving energy for the later rounds or was looking for the one punch knockout, unfortunately for him neither came as Ndlovu beat him to the punch each time. Ndlovu was deducted a point in the sixth round after numerous warnings from the referee throughout the contest.
Ndlovu was always in front in this boxing match and boxed intelligently to be the worthy winner of the title he has wanted for so long. He improved to 32-6 (18) while Molitor dropped to 33-2 (12).
Moruti Mthalane retained his IBF Flyweight title by stopping Filipino boxer Johnriel Casimero via fifth round stoppage. The referee called off the action at 1 51 seconds after Casimero was hurt by a body shot. Mthalane was making his second defence and improved to 26-2 (17), while Casimero dropped to 14-1 (8).
In other action Thompson Mokwana stopped Samuel Malinga to capture the SA Lightweight title at 45 seconds into the seventh round. Mokwana came out guns blazing and it was only because of his conditioning that Malinga was able to take so many punches, not that he didn’t give back in this see saw battle where defence was thrown out the window. Mokwana improved to 12-4 (7) while Malinga dropped to 26-7-2 (24).
March 26, 2011