By Ron Jackson
Unbeaten lightweight Jason Bedeman smashed Joseph Modise to defeat inside the first round in their eagerly awaited return match at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Monday night. The bout was scheduled for eight rounds. On July 31 this year they fought to an eight round draw in a fight that both camps claimed victory.
However, in this match Bedeman (61.02 kg) wasted no time as he came out at the bell with a two-fisted attack before landing a left hook to the jaw that sent Modise (60.88 kg) to the canvas.
A badly hurt Modise was able to beat the count but after another barrage of punches against the ropes referee David van Nieuwenhuizen stepped in to wave the fight off at 2 minutes 30 seconds into the round.
Bedeman improves his record to 10-0-2; 8 and Modise drops to 6-6-2; 2.
In a lightweight bout Grant Fourie (61.02 kg) who is now being trained by his father Louis Fourie a former fighter, was in outstanding form as he boxed his way to a unanimous six round points decision over Thulani Mbatha (61.10 kg).
Heavyweight Stephen Castle (96.24 kg) was just too big and strong for Khayeni Hlungwane (85.34 kg) before scoring a third technical knockout.
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Other results: Bantamweight : Morne Bothma beat Nhlanhla Mnguni, pts 4; Heavyweight: Florante Simba beat Thato Tholano, ko 1; Featherweight: Ashley Dlamini beat Balangani Ndou, tko 3; Junior lightweight: Joey Stiglingh beat Stephen Ntshingila, pts 4; Junior welterweight: Mbuso Ndlela beat Kyle Smith, tko 2.
Meanwhile promoter Sipho Handi has announced that South African featherweight champion Tando Vukuza will defend his title against Sabelo Jubatha in East London on December 18.
On the same card Xola Sifama faces Anele Makhwelo for the vacant South African flyweight title.
The title became vacant after Moruti Mthalane won the IBF flyweight belt.