By Ron Jackson
Patrick Malinga and Thompson Mokwana both from Gauteng meet in a return match for the vacant South African lightweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. Their fight on March 23 this year at Carnival City near Brakpan ended in a controversial draw with the judges handing in way out scorecards of 119-110 Malinga, 117-112 Mokwana and 114-114 in a fight which Malinga appeared to have won quite comfortably.
However, this fight should not have ended in a draw anyway as Boxing SA erred by not applying Rule 35(4) of the Boxing Act 2001 which states “In a championship bout for a vacant title, each judge shall nominate a winner and the winner of the bout shall be the boxer nominated as the winner by the majority vote of the judges.”
The 36-year-old Malinga (27-8-3, 24 KOs) who has been fighting as a pro for 16 years will be meeting Mokwana (18-8-1, 10 KOs) for the fourth time.
Malinga won the SA lightweight title in August 2008 with a points victory over Amon Baloyi and after making successful defences against Mzolisi Yoyo and to Vusumzi Tyatyeke on two occasions, he lost the title to Mokwana in March 2011 when he was stopped in the seventh round.
In a return match with Mokwana on March 24 2012, he was outpointed over 12 rounds.
Mokwana, 27, made his pro debut on July 22 2005 with a four round points victory over Lawrence Lekhuleni and after winning the SA title from Malinga, made successful defences against Takalani Dangala and Malinga before losing it to Vivwe Mdletyeni in July 2012.
In January 2013 the title became vacant when Mdletyeni was stripped after testing positive for a banned substance.
There are also two Eastern Cape title fights on the undercard.
The tournament is presented by Khaya Majeke and Zola Dunywa of KK Wajima Sports Promotions.