By Lwazi Ndzobongo; Unathi Qgokoma won the South African bantamweight title via 10th round TKO stoppage over Themba Joyi. The referee stopped the fight at 1.17 of the 10th round here at the Orient Theatre in East London. Joyi was making the third defence of his title and was the favourite going into the fight.
Qgokoma had a very good opening round and had the champ in trouble mid way through, he land consecutive lead rights to the head of the southpaw Joyi. Round two was a much closer round with both men throwing and landing punches, Qgokoma fought well on the inside while Joyi seemed to be warming up nicely and threw more punches. Qgokoma was showing excellent skills in the third, making Joyi miss and then punishing him.
Qgokoma was counter punching magnificently fighting off the back foot.
Joyi continued to march forward, throwing but not landing, while Qgokoma was showing sublime defensive skills giving Joyi different angles and moving well in round four. More of the same in round five, Qgokoma moving side to side and countering well while Joyi continued to march forward and was missing. Joyi did land more in this round but was also tagged when coming in. Qgokoma was effective, Joyi was busier in round six but all in all the feeling was that the challenger was taking the title away from the champ. Joyi found his range in the seventh round and was landing more even though Qgokoma was still countering and landing the crispier punches.
Qgokoma came back strongly in the eighth and outfoxed Joyi who was still on the forward march even though he was now landing less. Qgokoma landed a big right hook to Joyi’s head. In the ninth Qgokoma was sticking and moving and at times it seemed like Joyi was on autopilot just following him around the ring. In the tenth Qgokoma dropped Joyi twice, first with a straight left and the second time with a flurry of punches. Joyi was able to get up for the count but the referee waved off the fight as clearly Joyi was out on his feet. A jubilant crowd and ecstatic Qgokoma celebrated wildly.
Qgokoma improved to 15-4-1 and Joyi drops to 13-2.
In the main supporting fight Ayanda Yaphi won the Eastern Cape Jnr Lightweight title via sixth round stoppage over Sizwe Yolo. It was 34 seconds into the round that Yaphi landed the jab that ended the contest.
Round one started with Yolo coming forward trying to close the gap between him and the taller Yaphi. Yaphi was doing his best to keep the fight at a distance, Yolo did look much bigger than the tall mean frame of Yaphi.
Yaphi had a good seconds round tagging Yolo with his straight right throughout the three minutes, Yolo did have his moments as Yaphi’s defence was almost non-existent. Round three was an action packed one with both men exchanging heavy blows and neglecting defence, Yolo hurt Yaphi but Yaphi was the busier throughout the round. The same see saw pattern continued in round four, Yolo had the early advantage and had Yaphi hurt. Yaphi recovered well and finished the round stronger, landing his right hand at will.
What a fight, with defence out the window and every punch thrown landing, the crowd were loving every minute of it. Yaphi hurt and dropped Yolo near the end of round five but couldn’t finish him as Yolo was saved by the bell. Both fighters came out for round six and when a jab from Yaphi drove Yolo across the ring and onto his backside, the referee didn’t hesitate to stop the action.
Yaphi showed his usual warrior tendencies and despite being in trouble a few times he was able to get himself back into the fight and finally stop Yolo. Yaphi would do himself a lot of good to work on his defence, he improves to 15-2-1 while Yolo drops to 10-3.
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South African boxing is mourning the loss of Terri Pettifer at the age of 59 as a result of poor health. Pettifer was an author and publicist for Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves promotions. Pettifer will be missed for his vast experience and knowledge of the fight game. Condolences to his family and friends!
September 21, 2010