By Ron Jackson
Grant Fourie was in scintillating form when he returned to his best in scoring a third round technical knockout over Amos Nhlapho in a scheduled six round lightweight bout at the Emperors Palace Casino near Kempton Park on Tuesday night. A well conditioned Fourie (134.5) came out slowly in the first round as he worked behind the jab against the hesitant Nhlapho (131.8). However, in the second round, Fourie picked up the pace before catching Nhlapho with a left hook to the jaw that put him down for a count.
Nhlapho never recovered from the knockdown and Fourie punished him through round three before putting him down with another left hook. He managed to beat the count but was in no condition to continue as referee Tony Nyangiwe waved the fight off at 2 minutes 12 seconds into the round.
Fourie improved his record to (11-0-1, 6 KOs) and Nhalapho dropped his reported record to (3-9-2).
In an entertaining slugfest with both fighters throwing bombs from the first bell, Johnny Muller (201) stopped Robbie Lombard (226.8) at 2 minutes 42 seconds into the first round of a scheduled four in a heavyweight contest.
Heavyweight: Stephen Castle beat Deon Coetzee, points 4;
Junior heavyweight: Ronnie Lategan beat Ben Monareng, TKO 3;
Junior welterweight: Osgood Kayuni beat Johnny Koen, points 4;
Lightweight: Nicholas Modibeng beat Kyle Bothma, points 4;
Junior lightweight: Joey Stigling beat Ellias Moyo, TKO 1;
Junior lightweight: Ashley Dlamini beat Sibusiso Khumalo, points 4.
The tournament was staged by Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions.