By Ron Jackson
Patrick Malinga (26-6-2, 23 KOs) retained his SA lightweight title when he stopped Vusumzi Tyatyeka (10-1, 8 KOs) at 2:21 into the first round at the Finetown Multi-Purpose Centre in Lenasia, near Johannesburg, on Friday night. Tyatyeka 60.44 kg attacked from the opening bell and stopped Malinga 61.02 kg in his tracks with a straight left and a solid left hook in the first minute of the bout. However, the stronger champion picked up the pace and began to back up the challenger and dropped him to the canvas with a right hook to the jaw. Tyatyeka was badly hurt and just managed to beat the count. Malinga gave him no time to recover and another solid right dropped Tyatyeka flat on his face. Referee Tony Nyangiwe did not even bother to count as he waved the fight off.
The judges were Boitumelo Madiba, David van Nieuwenhuizen and Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen.
On the undercard Boitshepo Mandawe 66.54 kg won the vacant Gauteng welterweight title when he stopped Welcome Ntshingila 66.68 kg at 2 minutes 57 seconds into the second round of a scheduled ten. Madawe takes his record to 10-1; 8 and Ntshingila drops to 14-10-2; 5.
In a flyweight contest Anele Makhwelo 10-0; 4 knocked out Smangaliso Madonsela 1-3-2 at 2 minutes 10 seconds into the second round.
In a super middleweight contest Mthokozisi Malinga 11-2-1; 2 outpointed Samuel Mathebula 2-4; 1 over six rounds.