By Lwazi Ndzobongo: On Saturday night at Emperors Palace at Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa, Thomas Oosthuizen won the IBO Super Middleweight title by stopping Colombian Evert Bravo at 2 .34 seconds in the ninth round.
Oosthuizen was in control throughout the fight, using quick hands and reach advantage to completely bamboozle Bravo and eventually stop him.
Oosthuizen was eager to impress on the night against a highly regarded opponent and did just that with his superior boxing skills, he reduced Bravo to an average fighter and was so at home that at times he threw seven punch combinations on his stalking foe.
Oosthuizen was in his element particularly when he sat on his punches and unleashed that left hand on Bravo’s head. The referee saved Bravo from any further punishment after Oosthuizen had landed a solid left that had Bravo in trouble and after a barrage of punches the referee came to his rescue. Oosthuizen improved to, 11-0-1 (9), and showed that he could be a major contender, whilst Bravo dropped to 15-2 (11).
On the same card Isaac Chilemba won the vacant WBC International light heavyweight title on points over twelve rounds against the tough Namibian Vikapita Meroro. The judges scored it 117-111, 119-110 and 118-112. Chilemba was on top throughout and had Meroro in trouble many times, particularly in the last two rounds. It was a good showing from Chilemba who has just come off a victory in the US recently and is starting to get a following. Chilemba improved to 18-1-1 (8) while Meroro dropped to 20-2 (9).
Sipho Taliwe retained his WBC International junior lightweight title when he beat Vinvin Rufino on a split decision over 12 rounds, the judges scores were 116-110 and 113-112 for Taliwe and 115-111 for Rufino. Both boxers hit the canvas early in the fight, with Rufino getting the count twice and Taliwe once. The fight disintegrated into a brawl later on and Taliwe was able to hold onto his title for his second victory over Rufino and improved to 17-2-1 (14) while Rufino dropped to 13-6.
Heavyweight Flo Simba stopped Brazilian Fernando de Almeida in the first round on his way to capturing the vacant IBO Youth heavyweight title. It was a straight right that sent Almeida to the canvas initially and when he beat the count, Simba charged and eventually finished him off with a left hook that sent him tumbling again. The referee stopped the bout at 55 seconds.
Tshifhiwa Munyai won the vacant IBO super-bantamweight belt when he beat Danilo Pena from the Philippines via a unanimous points decision. The score read 120-108, 118-110 and 119-109.
Joey Stiglingh stopped Wandile Mseleku in the sixth round of their junior lightweight bout.
March 26, 2011