By Ron Jackson
Nkosinathi Joyi won the IBF mini-flyweight belt when he outclassed champion Raul Garcia of Mexico at the new International Convention Centre in East London on Friday night. In an outstanding performance Joyi 21-0; 15 controlled the fight from outside with his educated southpaw right jab and rocked the Mexican’s head back throughout the 12 rounds to win with margins of 119-109 on two cards and 118-110 on the third.
The 27-year-old Joyi (47.40kg) showing outstanding concentration dominated from the first bell as he took the fight to the champion who was unable to match the boxing skills and power of the South African. His hand speed and punching power was too much for Garcia 27-1-1; 16 who was rocked with big right hands on numerous occasions throughout the 12 rounds.
Garcia (47.00kg) never had the power to keep the challenger out and in the later rounds was forced to back-peddle to stay away from the relentless attack of Joyi who hails from Mdantsane. Garcia, 27, was cut over the right eye in round five but his corner did well to control the bleeding and it was never a factor in the fight.
The referee was Earl Morton and the judges Alfredo Polanco of Mexico and Wally Snowball and Isaac Tshabalala of South Africa.