By Ron Jackson
Cassius Baloyi returned to action after losing his IBF junior lightweight belt in April to score a one-sided 12 round points decision over Roberto Arrieta from Argentina in an IBF eliminator at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. Judges David Parris (England), Wally Snowball (South Africa) and Isaac Tshabalala (South Africa) all scored it 120-107. Baloyi is now in line to meet the winner of a fight between South Africa’s Mzonke Fana, and the champion, Robert Guerrero.
After very little action in the first two rounds Baloyi 58.76 kg using his reach and height advantage picked up the pace to score with stiff jabs through rounds three to six.
The pattern continued as Arrieta 58.90 kg was unable to keep away from the ramrod left hand of the South African.
Arrieta was able to score with some good shots to the body on occasions but never really troubled the South African.
The Argentinean suffered a bad over the right eye in the eighth round which was ruled as being from a punch by American referee Patrick Russell.
A desperate Arrieta (34-14-4; 16) caught Baloyi (37-4-1; 19) with some solid punches early in round ten but it was not enough to take the round.
The referee deducted a point from the tiring Arietta for holding in round eleven as he managed to hang on for the final bell in a bout that never rose to any heights.
This fight was the main event on a Branco Sports Productions bill.
On the undercard the 34-year-old Michael Schultz (14-2; 9) continued his comeback when he stopped Samuel Mathebula (5-2-4) at 2 minutes 54 seconds of the third round in a super middleweight bout.
In the opening bout of the evening junior middleweight Bongani Mlotshwa stopped Selo Sebothoma in 35 seconds of the first round of a scheduled four.
In a lightweight contest Zola Thunyawa scored a fourth round technical knockout over Emmanuel Ndou who was making his pro debut.
Promising southpaw Jason Kinnear kept his unbeaten record when he scored a fourth round technical knockout over Albert Mudau at 30 seconds into the fourth round of a bantamweight bout.
In possibly the best bout of the evening Michael van Heerden (7-1; 5) powered his way to a seventh round knockout over the gutsy Theophilus Mpakane (3-5-1; 1) to win the vacant Gauteng junior middleweight title.
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