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Fana retains WBA Pan African title

By Ron Jackson

Former two-time IBF junior lightweight champion Mzonke Fana retained his WBA Pan African junior lightweight title with a second round stoppage win over Temba Tshicila at the Tsolo Junction Hall in Qumbu, Eastern Cape on Saturday. The 40-year-old Fana (33-7, 14 KOs) in his twentieth as a pro was in outstanding form as came out at the opening bell and took the fight to the 38-year-old Tshicila (26-12-3, 7 KOs) scoring with stinging lefts and rights to the head.

There was no let up in the second round as the champion continued to batter the southpaw Tshcila to the head and when he backed Tscicila up against the ropes his corner threw in the towel, but referee Wally Snowball had not seen the towel and let the fight continue.

When a virtually defenceless Tshicila staggered forward Snowball stepped in to wave the fight off.

Tshicila had to receive medical attention before he could leave the ring.

In the co-feature Simphiwe Khonco retained his South African and WBA Pan African minimumweight titles with a 12 round split decision over Sibusiso Twani.

In a closely contested fight that could have gone either way Khonco won with scores of 116-113 and 116-112 whilst the third judge had it 115-114 for Twani.

Siviwe Hasheni retained his South African featherweight title on a unanimous points decision when he outscored Luthando Mbumbulwana over twelve rounds

The champion was in control throughout as the judges scored it 117-111 twice and 116-112.

Other results: Bantamweight: Mfusi Maxhayi W ko 2 Bulelani Nama; Lightweight: Viwe Mdletyeni draw 6 Junior Asoya; Bantamweight: Siseko Makeleni W tko 1 Sisonke Ntantiso.

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