By Ron Jackson
Sabelo Jubatha retained his SA featherweight title when he stopped Marcel Japhta in the second round at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in Port Elizabeth on Friday night. The tournament was presented jointly by S’Phatho Handi of Mamali Promotions and the Nelson Mandela Boxing Promoters.
Jubatha (57.12kg) who was making his first defence had to come back from a stunning left jab to the head that staggered him at the bell ending the first round, before he battered Japhta (56.98kg) into submission.
After the setback in the first round Jubatha 11-1; 7 went on to the attack immediately at the bell for the second and stunned Japtha 10-2-1; 8 with a big right to the head.
The champion continued to apply the pressure as he jolted Japtha’s head back with stinging lefts and rights before referee Steven Simon stepped in to stop the one-sided action at 1 minute 56 seconds into the round.
Even though this was a championship fight both fighters showed no signs of the art of self-defence and not much in the way of basic boxing skills.
The judges were Lulama Mtya, Lizo Jordaan and Griffiths Matyum.
On the undercard in a wild slugfest Siviwe Ntsiko (47.40kg) retained his Eastern Cape minimumweight title when he stopped Siyabulela Kupiso (47,50kg) in the fourth round of a scheduled ten. Ntsiko is now 8-2; 6 and Kupiso goes to 4-3; 1.
Molefi Matima (57.00kg) won the vacant World Boxing Federation All Africa featherweight title on a fourth round technical knockout over Siyabulela Ziqula (57.10kg) in a poor contest. The fight was scheduled for ten rounds.
Matima improved his record to 10-1; 7 and Ziqula dropped to 18-6-1; 5.
In a junior heavyweight contest Unathi Jacobs (78.58kg) knocked out Clifford Smith (82.76kg) in the first round of a scheduled six.