By Ron Jackson
In what was considered a major upset 39-year-old Mzonke Fana outpointed the favourite Takalani Ndlovu over 12 rounds to win the vacant WBA Pan African junior lightweight title at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre near East London on Saturday afternoon. Using his educated left jab Fana outboxed Ndlovu, 35, who was having his first in the junior lightweight division, through most of the rounds as he won with scores of 118-108, 117-112 and 116-111. Referee Wally Snowball deducted a point from Ndlovu in the seventh round for a low blow. Ndlovu whose left eye was badly swollen at the end was too cautious and never got into a fight that never rose to any heights. Fana improves his record to 32-6, 13 KOs and Ndlovu drops to 33-10, 18 KOs.
On the undercard:
In a junior featherweight bout former Commonwealth bantamweight and IBO junior featherweight champion Tshifhiwa Munyai 24-2-1; 12 stopped former South African bantamweight champion Phumzile Matyhila 18-3; 9 in the eighth round. Munyai was in control from the first bell and sent Matyila down for the count near the end of the eighth round.
Siviwe Hasheni knocked out Lwandile Gugushe in the seventh round to win the vacant South African junior featherweight title.
In a poor fight Balimo Weliya retained his South African super middleweight title when he outpointed Masixole Botile over 12 rounds. Botile took a count in the final round.
Nozwelethu Mathonsi won the vacant SA woman’s flyweight title when she outpointed Noxolo Makanavu over ten rounds.
The tournament was presented by Siphato Handi and the Eastern Cape Government.