By Lwazi Ndzobongo: Macbute Sinyabi beat Thabo Sonjica via first round TKO to retain his SA Jnr Featherweight title on Friday(April 1) night.
It was a left hook that landed flush on Sonjica’s chin that ended it all after 2. 58 seconds of the round, Sonjica crashed to the canvass and despite trying to get up, he was counted out by the referee.
Sonjica had started the round better and looked like he would give Sinyabi a long and hard fight but was caught by a magnificent punch. Sinyabi improved to 19-1 and called out the recent IBF Champ Takalani Ndlovu. Sonjica dropped to 14-1 (5) and suffers the first loss of his professional career.
On the undercard Miniyakhe Sityata beat Unathi Gqokoma via 10th round TKO to win the SA Jnr Bantamweight Title. The ending came at 2.35 seconds when Gqokoma fell to the canvass from sheer exhaustion after Sityata stalked and punished him from the fourth round onwards.
After being out boxed and out classed in the first three rounds, Sityata came back strongly in the fourth and hurt Gqokoma with his straight right and left hooks. Round five also went to Sityata, as he stalked the Gqokoma and caught him with the straight right. Gqokoma wasn’t sure whether he wanted to fight orthodox or south paw and seemed to confuse himself rather than the challenger. Round six was a close affair, Sityata was stalking and landing, while Gqokoma was evasive and countering.
Left hooks and straight rights behind the jab were landing on Gqokoma throughout the seventh round, he also seemed to be tiring. Wild missing punches from Gqokoma with more of the usual from Sityata made for an exciting round 8, the crowd was on its feet and loving the action in the ring. Sityata’s right hand was a permanent fixture on the face of Gqokoma, who remained busy but landed very little in the ninth round. Gqokoma was tired in the tenth and Sityata took advantage, walking him down and landing straight rights that eventually dropped Gqokoma. Bizarrely after the referee counted to 10 he still allowed the fight to go on before finally stopping it when it became clear Gqokoma was out on his feet.
Sityata improved to 11-2 (5) while Gqokoma dropped to 16-4-1 (4)
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