By Ron Jackson
Hekkie Budler of South Africa retained his IBO strawweight belt when he beat Filipino Renan Trongco on a unanimous 12 round points decision in an entertaining fight at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. Boxing from behind a close defence Budler was in control throughout as judge Tony Nyangiwe (SA) scored it 117-111 and judges Bruce McTavish (Philippines) and Terry O’Connar (England) both scored it 118-111.
Budler, 24, made a fast start as he took the fight to the southpaw Tronco, 24, to build up a commanding points lead, scoring with stinging combinations to the head and body through the first six rounds. The Filipino was one dimensional throughout as he took the champions best shots and followed him around then ring throwing southpaw lefts to the body most of which were blocked by Budler (47.60kg). It was only in rounds seven and eight that Trongco (47.35kg) managed to penetrate the defence of Budler and possibly shaded the only two rounds in the fight. The superbly conditioned Budler finished strongly in the final round and battered the challenger in the last few seconds to leave no doubt who was the winner.
Referee Andile Matika had very little work throughout in a sporting contest. Budler improved his record to 23-1; 6 and Trongco dropped to 12-4; 8.
Makabu wins IBF Youth title
Ilunga Makabu (88.25kg) from the Democratic Republic of Congo who fights out of Johannesburg had an easy nights work when he stopped the rather limited Gogito Gorgiladze (89.50kg) from Georgia at 1 minute 39 seconds into the fourth round to win the vacant IBF youth cruiserweight title. The rather flabby Gorgiladze 12-1; 9 hardly landed a punch in anger as Makabu 12-1; 11 picked him off from the opening round before referee Wally Snowball stepped in to stop the one-way traffic in the fourth round.
Liebenberg wins in four rounds
Ryno Liebenberg (78.90kg) retained his IBO All-Africa light-heavyweight title when he stopped a rather inept Flash Issaka (77.70kg) from Ghana at 2 minutes 32 seconds into the fourth round. Making the second defence of his belt Liebenberg who was cut on the top of his head dominated from the first bell against the taller Issaka whose age ranged anywhere from 37 to 47 years of age depending from which source you received it. The fight developed into a farce as Issaka took a count in the third round from a left hook and was down again in the fourth round before he was half pushed through the ropes after another barrage of punches from the champion. As he lay outside the ring with no attempt to get back referee Tony Nyangiwe wisely waved the farce off. Liebenberg took his record to 11-0; 8 and Issaka’s reported record dropped to 20-13; 15.
Former South African lightweight champion Thompson Mokwana 18-8; 10 handed Argentina’s Matius Gomez 29-1; 28 his first defeat as he outworked his opponent throughout to win on an eight round unanimous points decision. The scores were 78-74 on all three cards.
In a junior welterweight bout Paul Kamanga 4-0; 2 from the Democratic Republic of Congo outpointed Zane Jonker over six rounds 8-1; 3. Scores were 60-54 and 59-55 twice.
In a heavyweight bout Kevin Lerena (93.65kg) outpointed Javier Corrales (94.65kg) from Paraguay over six rounds.