By Ron Jackson
Lovemore Ndou used all his experience to beat the gutsy Phillip Ndou on points over 12 rounds to win the vacant IBO welterweight belt at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night.
Judge Deon Dwarte (SA) scored it 116-112 and judge David Moretti (USA) was way off the mark with a 115-113 card, whilst judge Bruce McTavish (Philippines) handed in a more realistic card of 117-111. The 37-year-old Lovemore (47-11-1, 31 KOs) from Sydney used all his years of experience to out think and outpace the 32-year-old Phillip (32-4, 31 KOs) who was having only his second fight since May 2004.
Phillip (65.68kg) and Lovemore who came in at (65.96kg) made a quiet start as they felt each other out in the first two rounds before Lovemore picked up the pace to score with some good shots in the third round. However, Phillip came back to possibly shade the fourth round.
Phillip was seldom able to penetrate the tight defence of Lovemore who took most of the punches from the taller Lovemore on his gloves and arms. In rounds eight and nine Lovemore landed with some stinging left hooks and combinations and Phillip looked in real trouble.
However, Phillip showed lots of courage to come back and possibly shade the last round. The tournament was presented by Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves Promotions.
Vetyeka new IBO bantamweight champ
Simphiwe Vetyeka (53.46kg) outboxed the gutsy Eric Barcelona (53.38kg) from the Philippines to win the vacant IBO bantamweight belt by beating Eric Barcelona on points. The judges scored 118-110, 117-111 and 118-114. Vetyeka, with a reach advantage took an early lead, but then took his foot of the pedal to let Barcelona back into the fight. However, the southpaw Vetyeka was a clear winner at the end in a fight that did not live up to expectations. Vetyeka improved his record to 21-1; 11 and Barcelona dropped to 48-16-4; 12.
The bout between Tommy Oosthuizen and Jared Lovett had more hype than substance and was a big disappointment. Oosthuizen won the recently introduced IBO light heavyweight youth title when two judges made him the winner by 97-93 and 100-91 and the third judge handed in a ridiculous score of 96-95 for Lovett. The taller and more skilled Oosthuizen (78.44kg) was in control throughout and landed the cleaner punches as the rugged Lovett (79.14kg) was unable to get past his left jab in a disappointing fight.
In an entertaining undercard bout, junior flyweight Hekkie Budler knocked down Khanyakude Mukansi in the first and second rounds, but had to battle his way to a unanimous eight round points decision.
The scores were 77-73 on two cards and 78-73 on the third.
In the opening bout of the evening in a four round lightweight contest, Thomson Mokwana beat Thulani Mbatha 40-35 on each of the scorecards.