By Ron Jackson
In a poor excuse for a “world” title fight Gideon Buthelezi won the IBO junior flyweight belt when he beat Hekkie Budler on a split decision at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, on Thursday night. Judges Ace Makaluza (SA) and Matteo Montella (Italy) scored it 118-114 and 115-113 for Buthelezi and judge Lulama Mtya (SA) had it 117-113 for Budler.
In a scrappy fight Buthelezi spent most of the time back-pedaling as he scored with the cleaner punches from his southpaw stance. Buthelezi won the first three rounds when he lured Budler into a brawl. Budler came back and possibly won the middle rounds through share aggression even though he was swinging and missing badly at times. Buthelezi, also the IBO strawweight champion, had lost in two amateur bouts to Budler, but won the one that counted.
Budler’s record dropped to 17-1, with 5 knockouts as Buthelezi’s improved to 12-2. 4 KOs.
The Box and Dine tournament in aid of four-time world champion Baby Jake Matlala was presented by Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions.
On the undercard heavyweight Flo Simba made hard work of stopping Sting Gonorenda at 2:10 of the fifth round.
The fight was well controlled by referee Andile Matika from South Africa.
Simba moved to 9-0 and Gonorenda dropped to 6-8; 4.
In another heavyweight bout, scheduled for six rounds Stephen Castle (5-2-2; 2) failed to come out for the fourth round after Elvis Moyo (1-3-1) had knocked him down twice in the third.
Castle claimed a rib injury, the result of a solid body shot from the Zimbabwean.
Lightweight Warren Joubert (16-2-2; 10) appeared to be rather fortunate get a draw against Takalani Dangala (5-5-1; 2) over six rounds.
In a lightweight bout Alexander Jonker stopped Charles Sekhwibidu in the second round and Prince Ndlovu scored a second round technical knockout over Gert Aries in a featherweight bout.