By lwazi Ndzobongo: Balimo Weliya won the vacant South African super Middleweight title via TKO in the ninth round over Goodman Dywili.
The action was from the Old Mutual Sports Hall at Wits University brought to you by Rainbow promotions this Sunday Afternoon. The fight was stopped by the referee at one minute and one second of the ninth round. Weliya dropped Dywili with three successive straight rights for an eight count before overwhelming the hurt Dywili before the referee had seen enough, much to the partisan crowds appreciation. Both fighters seemed exhausted by the third round and wrestled their way through nine rounds of absolute boredom, the end was a sigh of relief for all of the fans in attendance. Weliya looked sluggish and out of shape while Dywili wasn’t any better as his record showed only three wins in seven fights.
Weliya improved to 14-3 (10) and can’t see him going on to be a force in boxing.
In what was a great afternoon of boxing, showcasing some of the countries up and coming boxers this bout was a rather dull affair, both boxers didn’t show skills worthy of fighting for the national title and quite frankly the saying, watching paint dry could have been used to describe this bout.
This writer over heard some BSA (Boxing South Africa) officials commenting about how it isn’t always necessary to have a champ when you have two clowns fighting for a national title, Weliya was ranked number one whilst Dywili, with a record of 3-4-1 is ranked fifth, BSA sanctioned the fight.
In a middleweight bout, Wynand Mulder got his revenge over Thabo Selomo, knocking him out in 54 seconds of the first round. Selomo had won their first encounter via the short route too. It was a whirlwind Mulder who came out swinging and was intent on causing grievous bodily harm, so when a left hook landed on Selomo and his knees buckled. Mulder was all over him like bees on honey until Selomo dropped to the canvass for an eight count. As soon as Selomo was back up Mulder then went for the kill and after bombarding Selomo, the referee came to his rescue, stopping the fight in 54 seconds of the first of the four scheduled rounds.
Shaun Ness displayed his boxing skills on his way to a unanimous points decision over Prince Dlomo in a four round Welterweight encounter. Ness who comes out of the Hot Box gym was in control throughout and has shown good promise, he is one for the future.
Kabelo Serobedi bt Babalo Ncakeni TKO 3 Lightweight
Oupa Maimane bt Vuledzani Tshikalanga UD pts 6 Rounds Lightweight
Adam de Moor bt Emmanuel Ndou UD pts 4 Rounds Jnr Welterweight
Cebo Ngema bt Fanifikile Ncapeni TKO 3 Bantamweight
It was at Wits University that this writer honed his boxing skills on his way to winning a gold medal at the SASSU games in the middleweight division all those years ago. Being at Wits brought back bitter sweet memories as that’s where he suffered his only amateur loss in his first bout.
Great afternoon, good boxing and the future looks very bright in the boxing front after the disappointments of both the rugby and soccer.
October 9, 2011