By Ron Jackson
Hekkie Budler scored a hard-earned 12 round unanimous points decision over Doctor Ntsele to retain his IBO Africa junior flyweight title at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Tuesday night. Judges Isaac Tshabalala and Ace Makalauza scored it 119-110 and 117-114 whilst judge Lulama Mtya had it 117-112. However, the judge’s scorecards were not a true reflection of the fast paced fight in which Ntsele possibly won at least four or five rounds.
Budler (48.56 kg) from Gauteng came out with a fast two-handed attack from the first bell as he took the fight to the taller Ntsele (48.70 kg) from the Free State.
However, in the middle rounds Ntsele began scoring with some good combinations as he backed up Budler.
Budler picked up the pace through rounds ten to twelve to finish strongly in an action packed fight which gave referee Andile Matika very little work.
Budler improves his record to 13-0; 4 and Ntsele drops to 9-4-1; 3.
Andre Thysse, 40, the former South African and Commonwealth super middleweight champion fighting at light heavyweight returned to action after an absence more than two years to score a fifth knockout over Emmanuel Duma.
Other results: Lightweight: Wesley Buys beat Simon Milne, tko 1; Featherweight: Ashley Dlamini beat Shadrack Mamaila, tko 2; Junior lightweight: Joey Stiglingh beat Solly Mokoka, ko 3; Super middleweight: David Bassajjamivule beat Simon Mokoena, pts 6; Heavyweight: Stephen Castle beat Kally Kelembe, pts 4; Heavyweight: Papi Mongende beat Deon Coetzee, pts 4;
The tournament was presented by African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions.