By Ron Jackson
Patrick Malinga stopped Mzolisi Yoyo in the second round of a scheduled twelve to retain his SA lightweight title at the Finetown Multipurpose Centre in Lenasia, near Johannesburg, on Friday night. The champion, making his first defence was in complete control from the bell taking the attack to Yoyo and knocked him down for two counts in the first round and again within the first ten seconds of the second round. Yoyo (60.82kg) who had an announced record of 16-2; 15 going into the fight went down for the second time in round two when he was caught with a right to the jaw that sent him flat on his back. Referee Thabo Spampool did not count and waved the fight off at 1 minute 43 seconds into the round.
Malinga (61.00kg) attacked rather wildly and even though he missed with a lot punches, enough went through to punish the challenger who was unable avoid the champions looping right hands.
Malinga 24-6-2; 21 would well advised to tighten his defence as against a better class opponent he could be in trouble
The 31-year-old champion set up the beginning of the end with a big right in the opening round, knocking Yoyo down for the first time. The second knockdown came from a left hook.
The right hand dropped Yoyo to the canvas again early in the second round and brought the bout to an end when Yoyo was knocked cold.
Yoyo was originally rejected as a challenger because he failed a medical test when he applied to renew his licence. He should never have been approved to fight the champion in the first place and Boxing SA should take more care before sanctioning title fights like this.
The judges were Jaap van Niewenhuizen, Sazi Xamlashe and Tony Nyangiwe.
The tournament was presented by Reggie Hilmer and Gavin Hope of Future Boxing Promotions.
On the undercard Themba Lesiba (55.12kg) won the vacant Gauteng junior featherweight title when he knocked out Moses Mahase (55.12kg) in the first round of a scheduled ten. The stocky Lesiba 9-0 boxing from behind the jab picked his punches as he backed up Mahase 5-5-2 before landing a crashing right to the jaw that dumped Mahase on his back in the neutral corner, where he was counted out by referee Jaap van Niewenhuizen at 2 minute 59 seconds into the round.
In a super middleweight bout Allie Franks (74.20kg) outpointed Quint Soeker (75.32kg) over four rounds. Soeker was making his pro debut.
The fight between bantamweight Tendai Munyai (53.38kg) and Cleutus Mbhele (53.38kg) ended in a first round technical draw when Mbhele received a bad gash over his left eye after an accidental clash of heads.