By Ron Jackson
Dowayne Combrink won the vacant Gauteng middleweight title when he stopped Sylvester Zaki in their rematch on Monday night. The toe-to-toe battle at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park ended after 1 minute 25 seconds of the sixth round. It was sweet revenge for Combrink (72.16 kg) after Zaki (71.48) had won their first fight on points. But Combrink was lucky not to be disqualified early in the first round when he dropped Zaki with a vicious right to the body and then followed up with a shot to the head while Zaki was on his knees. Referee Wally Snowball would have been well within in his rights to disqualify Combrink but merely warned him after allowing Zaki to recover. The plucky Zaki did well to come back in the second round as the fight developed into a slugfest, with the bigger and taller Combrink having the edge. Early in the sixth round a series of punches to the head dropped the tiring Zaki to his knees. He beat the count but another onslaught persuaded the referee to stop the fight. Combrink improved his record to 6-1-1, with one win inside the distance. Zaki dropped to 10-6; 4.
SYBIYA AND DLAMINI DRAW
In an entertaining co-feature Koos Sibiya (58.10 kg) retained his Gauteng junior lightweight title when drew over ten rounds with Ashley Dlamini (58.10kg). Sibiya did well to come back from a left hook to the jaw in the seventh round that sent him crashing to the canvas. He somehow beat the count and held on until the end. Judge Wally Snowball scored it 95-94 for Sibiya, Boitumelo Madiba had it 97-93 for Dlamini and David van Niewenhuizen scored it 95-95. Dlamini took his record to 12-3-2, with 8 knockouts. Sibiya, whose record is not a true reflection of his ability, went to 17-9-3; 1.
Featherweight: Thembani Hobyane beat Kathiso Hlahane on points over 4 rounds.
Junior middleweight: Tyron Koen beat Kutlwano Gare on points over 4 rounds.
Junior welterweight: Adam de Moor stopped Justice Ndlovu in the first round.
The junior welterweight bout between Grant Fourie and Jules Batala was cancelled because Fourie was ill.
The tournament was presented by Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions.