By Ron Jackson
In a completely one-sided affair Kaizer Mabuza stopped Mzukisi Mgidi at 2 minutes 59 seconds of the first round to retain his SA junior welterweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. Making his first defense, the 27-year-old Mabuza (63.20kg) stunned Mgidi (63.20kg) early in the fight with a left hook which set the pattern for the rest of the fight. The taller Mgidi, 27, with a reported record 17-4-2; 12 never threw a punch in anger other than a few left jabs which fell short and he had no answer to the left hooks coming in from the champion.
After landing with stinging shots to the body and head Mabuza dropped Mgidi on the seat of his pants with left hook midway through the first round. Mgidi managed to beat the count, but the champion never let him off the hook as continued to pound him with lefts and rights to the head and body, before another left hook left the challenger on rubbery legs. Referee Andile Matika wisely stepped in to call the fight off with one second of the first round remaining.
The judges were Alan Matakane, Siphiwo Mbini and Lulama Mtya.
On the undercard in a mini flyweight contest Lutho Nkonki (47.30kg) fighting from the southpaw stance was just too good for Lwazi Nduneni (47.35kg) as he scored a unanimous six round points decision. The scores of the judges were 59-55 and 59-53 twice.