By Lwazi Ndzobongo: Chris van Heerden won the vacant IBO welterweight title via 12 rond majority points decision over Kaizer Mabuza on Saturday night.
This exciting fight was from Emperors Palace, east of Johannesburg, promoted by Golden Gloves promotions. After twelve rounds of boxing the judges scores read 117-112, 114-114 and 116-113 in favour of van Heerden.
Van Heerden lived up to his nickname, The Heat, he pressured and bombarded Mabuza with lefts and rights from the 1st round right up to the last. Mabuza was giving as good as he got despite being pinned on the ropes and being pushed around by van Heerden. The fight got dirty at times, with van Heerden using his head and elbows at close quarters whilst Mabuza was deducted a point for rabbit punching after both boxers had received final warnings by the referee. The action was fast and ferocious, with both athletes in great shape, trading blows and had the capacity crowd cheering for most of the fight.
Van Heerden had moment going into the fight, having beaten Bongani Mwelase in his last fight whilst Mabuza was moving up in weight after losing his last fight by knock out to Zab Judah. Van Heerden continues to impress and will continue to win titles, he improved to 17-1-1 (10). Mabuza still has a lot to give to the sport and should back to Jnr Welter and continue giving his fans unforgettable boxing moments, he dropped to 28-8-2 (14).
In a heavyweight bout, Danie Venter knocked out Flo Simba in 1 minute and 53 seconds of the first round. Venter caught Simba with an over hand right that knocked him down, he was up on wobbly legs after the mandatory eight count. Venter went on the attack and landed another right that put Simba to the floor again. Samba was up again but his trainer stopped the fight seeing that his young charge was hurt and saved him from any further damage. An outstanding win for Venter who improves to 12-5 (9). Samba drops to 11-2 (10) and despite his young age, a second knockout really dents his future prospects.
Hekkie Budler looked impressive on his way to a unanimous points decision over Michael Landero. They were fighting for the vacant IBO Strawweight title. The judges scored the fight 119-109, 118-110 and 119-109, all in favour of Budler, now a two time IBO champ. Budler was always in control, had a higher work rate than his Philipino opponent who only fought in spurts. Budler got a cut on his left cheek in round four but that didn’t disturb the little man on his way to capturing the title.
Good win for Budler, he is still too easy to hit and lacks a big punch but has a high work rate, is gutsy and is only 23, that should see him improve and go onto bigger things.
Budler improved to 19-1 (6) and Landero dropped to 22-4 (8).
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September 24, 2011