By Lwazi Ndzobongo Phumzile Matyila won the SA Bantamweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon.
The challenger won via split decision against Nkqubela Gwazela with scores of 115-114, 116-115 and 113-115 in front of a rowdy and excited crowd in the Eastern Cape town.
Gwazela started off faster, landing some big punches on the challenger in the first half of the fight. He was very successful with his left and right hooks to the head of Matyila. At this point Matyila wasn’t completely out of it and did box well in patches, keeping the champ at bay with good movement and his jab.
Rounds seven and eight saw Gwazela slow down and Matyila was starting to dominate from the outside, out boxing the champ and making him miss with wild punches. In probably the most one sided round of the fight, round nine, Matyila completely took control and out boxed and out smarted the champ, very little came back from Gwazela in this round. With a bleeding lip and open mouth Gwazela seemed a beaten man.
Round 10 was better for the champ as he went back to stalking Matyila and landed some useful punches, Matyila was still the stronger though and boxed well on the outside.
Rounds 11 and 12 saw Gwazela come back into the fight and was the better in those rounds as Matyila seemed to think he was ahead and was cruising to a victory.
At the end of it all, it was Matyila’s hand that was raised, and he was crowned the new Bantamweight champion. He improves to 17-1-2, while Gwazela drops to 19-8.
Gwazela will feel slightly robbed at the decision and should look for a rematch, this is a fight the public would be interested in as it was non-stop action and a classic boxer versus puncher fight.
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Boxing South Africa (BSA) has decided to start enforcing its mandatory 90 days defence ruling. The controlling body has been lenient on this rule over the years and the public has been subjected to some mediocre performances but the people most affected are the boxers themselves who would go for months without fights. Enforcing this rule will aid in many ways and should do boxing in the country a lot of good, lets hope they stick to it this time!
Peter Mashamaite has already fallen to the new ruling and had his title stripped for not defending against the mandatory challenger. Mthokozisi Malinga and Khapathe Mpambanyeni will now fight for the SA Middleweight title.
In continuing with BSA, the organisation is seeking funds to revive the very successful baby champs tournaments. These tournaments were used as a way of unearthing talented youngsters and giving them a chance to prove their skills and get them exposure, we have seen many of these baby champs become national and international champions. This would be a big win for SA boxing and a great chance for an organisation to get exposure through boxing.
There has been a lot of fracas about BSA’s officials and their supposed favouritism to better known trainers and managers. Recent fights like Sipho Taliwe vs Godfrey Nzimande, Michael van Heerden vs Michael Sangweni and Jarred Silverman vs Emmanuel Ndou, have seen officials seem to be looking more at the corner men than the action in the ring. Such decision aren’t helping BSA image and won’t help in getting funds into the sport.
August 1, 2010