By Ron Jackson
Super middleweight Ryno Liebenberg was taken the distance for the first time when he beat the rugged Tineyi Marizdo of Zimbabwe on a majority eight round points decision at the Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Monday night. Judges Joe Chaane and Wally Snowball scored it 79-76 and 78-74 for Liebenberg and whilst judge Neville Hotz had it a surprising 76-76.
The tall and rangy Liebenberg (72.40kg) boxed from behind his jab throughout as he controlled the fight through most of the rounds.
However, Marizdo (74.20kg) was able to land with some big shots at times but these were sporadic and never enough to really take command of the fight.
Liebenberg improves his record to 8-0; 7 and Marizdo’s reported record drops to 9-7; 2.
Referee Thabo Spampool asked two of Liebenberg’s cornermen to leave the corner because of coaching in what is possibly a rather archaic rule.
Former South light heavyweight champion Johnny Muller (83.35kg) fighting at junior heavyweight boxed well before stopping the taller Khayeni Hlungwane (85.60kg) at 2 minute 6 seconds into the third round of a scheduled six.
In the best fight of the night lightweight Warren Joubert (60.90kg) powered his way to a six round points victory over the gutsy Ashley Dlamini (60.85kg).
It was a real slugfest with both fighters standing toe-to-toe throughout the six rounds.
Dlamini went down for counts in rounds one and five as Joubert won with scores of 58-53, 58-54 and 59-52.
In a junior welterweight bout Jason Bedeman (63.15kg) scored a spectacular third round stoppage win over Takalane Dangala (62.70kg). Time was 2:26.
In an entertaining six rounder lightweight Grant Fourie (61.10kg) appeared to have done enough to take the decision against Koos Sibiya (60.85kg). However, the judges thought otherwise as they scored it 58-56 twice for Sibiya and 57-57.
Other results: Flyweight: Thabang Ramagole (50,35kg) beat Collen Tloubatla (48.90kg), tko 3; Junior welterweight: Paul Kamanga (63.35kg) beat Sibusiso Masilela (63.50kg), tko 4.
Jeff Ellis of African Ring and Golden Gloves Promotions must be congratulated on presenting an evening of quality boxing.