By Ron Jackson
Rising young star Paul Kamanga smashed former South African lightweight champion Irvin Buhlalu to defeat in the first round of a scheduled six in a junior welterweight bout at the Orlando Communal Hall in Soweto, south of Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon. Kamanga from the DRC but now fighting out Johannesburg wasted no time as he came out fast at the opening bell to land smashing lefts and rights to the head that set the 39-year-old Buhlalu down and out. Kamanga improved his record to ten wins with seven coming inside the distance as Buhlalu saw his record drop to 27-9-1; 16.
This could be the end of the road for Buhlalu from Durban who was an outstanding amateur representing South African at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and 1996 Olympics and as a professional won the South African and All Africa lightweight titles.
However, he has only had four fights since August 2009 and in December last year was only a shell of his former self when he was badly beaten and stopped in seven rounds by Thompson Mokwana when challenging the South African lightweight title.
On the undercard Welterweight Sean Ness was most impressive in scoring a fourth round stoppage win over Vusi Dladla.