By Ron Jackson
Former WBF junior welterweight champion Ali Funeka from East London smashed Jason Bedeman of Johannesburg to defeat at 2 minutes 46 seconds of the first round before a packed house at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Monday night in a scheduled six round junior welterweight bout. The 35-year-old Funeka (63.32kg) who has fought at much higher level than the lesser experienced 24-year-old Bedeman (63.50kg) using his longer reach dropped Bedeman with right hand over his left jab midway through the round. Soon afterwards the same punch sent Bedeman down again where he remained in a sitting position to be counted out by referee Simon Xamlashe. Bedeman had to receive medical attention before leaving the ring. Funeka improves his record to 33-4-3, 27 KOs and Bedeman’s record drops to 17-2, 14 KOs.
Other results: Featherweight: Ricardo Hiraman beat William Baloyi, tko 4; Junior welterweight: Paul Kamanga beat Willis Baloyi, pts 6; Junior welterweight: Adam de Moor beat Luyanda Jako, ko 5; Junior middleweight: Alfonzo Tissen beat Tyron Koen, pts 6.
The tournament was presented by Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions