By Ron Jackson
In a poor excuse for a title fight Osborne Machimana retained his South African heavyweight title for the fifth time when he stopped Bull Muravha at 2 minutes 47 seconds into the eighth round at the Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. The 31-year-old Machimana came into the ring with a tyre around his waist and weighed in at a flabby 122kg against the smaller and inexperienced Muravha who hit the scales at 98.02kg.
The fight was more like a sparring session through the first seven rounds. The champion was slow and ponderous and hardly landed a scoring blow as he plodded around the ring. The only scoring blows came from the southpaw challenger who was able to land with some light taps and was possibly ahead before the stoppage.
In round eight Machimana picked up the pace and dropped Muravha with a left-right combination against the ropes. He was able to beat the count but soon afterwards after a flurry of blows he went down in the neutral corner. He managed to get up but basically quit as he turned his back on referee Sazi Xamlashe who waved the fight off.
Machimana improved his record to 18-6-1; 13 and Muravha’s record as announced from the ring dropped to 7-5-1.
The judges were Joseph Chaane, Thabo Spampool and Dawid van Nieuwenhuizen.
Other results: Junior bantamweight: Jason Kinnear beat Nhlanhla Nguni, pts 4; Junior welterweight: Luyanda Jako beat Sifiso Mthethwa, pts 4; Junior bantamweight: Sipho Nkadimeng, draw 6, Phumzile Matyila; Junior heavyweight: Illunga Makuba beat Ben Moakamela, tko 2; Super middleweight: Hanson Baloyi beat Emmanuel Duma, tko 2.
The tournament was presented by Pat Molefe of Rainbow Promotions.