By Ron Jackson
Mlungisi Dlamini retained his WBF lightweight belt when he beat Francisco Lorenzo on points over 12 rounds in a closely fought bout at the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre in Bloemfontein on Friday night. The South African won 117-111, 117-113 and 117-112 in a bout that never rose to any heights. The 37-year-old Lorenzo, 134.5, of the Dominican Republic, spent most of the fight pushing and wrestling and even though he was warned on the odd occasion by referee Eddie Marshall he should have had a point or two deducted. Dlamini, 27, struggled against the cagey veteran in the early rounds and battled to get on the inside as instructed by his corner, However, Dlamini, 136.5, who had been missing badly managed to score with some good shots to the head in later rounds to take a hard earned decision. This was a learning experience for Dlamini who saw his record improve (20-0-1, 12 KOs) as Lorenzo dropped to (33-6, 14 KOs).
Bongani Mwelase 153.6 was most unimpressive in scoring a 12 round points decision over the 35-year-old Attila Kovacs 152.5 to take the vacant WBF junior middleweight belt. Mwelase (14-0, 12 KOs) had Kovacs (25-4, 17 KOs) down twice but never took control of the fight and will have to improve his defense should he meet opponents at a higher level. The scores were 116-111, 115-12 and a rather way out 117-111.
William Gare (25-14, 14 KOs) retained his WBF super middleweight belt for the third time when he outpointed the rugged Mexican Rigoberto Alvarez (22-1, 17 KOs). Alvarez was down for a flash knockdown in the first round but fought back in a closely fought contest. The scores were 115-113, 115-112 and a completely out of touch 118-110.
Tshepang Mohale upset Kgotso Motau to win the South African super middleweight title in a slug fest that saw both fighters go down to the canvas on occasions.
The tournament was presented by Blacky Seoe of Robs Promotions.