By Ron Jackson
Tshepo Mashego from Mpumalanga retained his South African junior middleweight title for the first time when he stopped the inexperienced Johannes Salie of Paarl in the second round at the Witbank Civic Centre on Friday night.
In a complete mismatch Mashego (69.04kg) dominated from the first bell and midway through the first round dropped Salie (69.72kg) with a left hook to the side of the head.
The dazed challenger managed to beat the count and survived by clutching and holding before going down again from a straight left just before the bell.
The writing was on the wall coming out for the second round as the champion backed up Salie, 33, before putting him down against the ropes with a combination of lefts and right as referee Ismail Koali stepped in to call the fight off at 2 minute 29 seconds into the round.
Mashego, 31, improved his record to 19-10; 10 and Salie’s record as announced from the ring dropped to 6-4.
Salie who is ranked at number six in the most recent Boxing SA rankings lacked the basic boxing skills and one must question Boxing SA for allowing him to challenge for a SA title.
The judges were Alfred Buqwana, Jaap van Niewenhuizen and Joseph Koali.
On the undercard in a welterweight fight Collin Mayisela (66.44kg) scored a majority six round points decision over Welcome Ntshingila (66.68kg). The scores were 59-57, 58-57 and 57-57.
Lwazi Mzolisa (53.16kg) knocked out Bonganani Ndou (53.06kg) at 1 minute 46 seconds into the second round. They were fighting at bantamweight.
Junior welterweight Sydney Milanzi (63.16kg) was just too strong for Sibusiso Mkhwanazi before scoring a technical knockout at 2 minutes 43 seconds into the second round.
The general standard of boxing was poor and the fans must have felt short changed at the end of the evening.
The tournament was presented by Mpumalanga Boxing Promotions.