By Ron Jackson
Tineyi Maridzo of Zimbabwe scored a devastating third round knockout over South Africa’s Mikey Schultz to retain his WBO Africa super middleweight title at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Thursday night. On November 20 last year Schultz was stopped in 86 seconds by the underdog Maridzo in a match for the interim title, and was hoping for revenge, but this was not to be as he was caught with a similar overhand right to the head in the third round that sent him crashing on to his back where he was counted out by referee Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen at 1 minute and 11 seconds into the round.
Maridzo (75.16kg) came out fast at the opening bell throwing his favourite overhand right but a cautious Schultz kept him off and scored well in the second to possible shade the round.
A confident Schultz (76kg) was in command in the third round before he was caught with that dangerous overhand right that sent him out and possible to the end of his career.
Schultz saw his record drop to 15-2-2; 10 and Miridzo’s reported record improved to 9-6; 4.
A rather flabby Daniel Bruwer (86.16kg) had to come back from a big knockdown in the third round to score a rather fortunate eighth round stoppage over underdog Sean Santana (84.96kg) in a junior heavyweight bout.
Referee David Van Nieuwenhuizen called the fight off on advice of the doctor at the bell for the eighth round due a bad cut over the left eye of Santana.
Other results: Junior middleweight: Michael van Heerden beat Michael Sangweni, pts 6; Lightweight: Jared Silverman beat Emmanuel Ndou, pts 4; Light heavyweight: Ryno Liebenberg beat Caster Ndou, ko 3; Junior middleweight: Pius Dipheko beat Welcome Ntshingila, pts 6.