By Ron Jackson
IBF minimumweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi of South Africa was off form and struggled to retain his belt over 12 tough rounds against Japan’s Katsunari Takayama at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. Referee Larry Doggette from the United States had an easy nights work as the judges Sylvia Mokaila (SA), Shafeeq Rashada (US) and Marco McDonnell (UK) scored it 116-111, 116-111 and 117-10 in favour of the champion. A capacity crowd saw Joyi (22-0-1nc, 15 KOs) a rather subdued champion fighting from the southpaw stance against the ever advancing Takayama (24-5-1nc,10 KOs) and many ringsiders were of the opinion that the decision could have gone in favour of the challenger.
On the undercard South African featherweight champion Sabelo Jubatha won on a unanimous 12 round points decision over Wonga Ntoyakhe to retain his title. Jubatha improves his record to 14-1, 10 KOs and Ntoyakhe saw his reported record drop to 5-6, 1 KO.Jubatha won on a majority decision
Other results: Junior bantamweight: Zolani Tete, w tko 1, Siphiwo Ntsangani; Junior featherweight: Makazole Tete, w ko 1, Unathhi Cecane.