By Ron Jackson
Thabiso Mchunu stopped Soon Botes in the eighth round to retain the SA and WBA Pan African junior heavyweight titles and Kgotso Motau stopped Peter Mashamaite in the fourth round to retain his SA super middleweight title at the Boiketlong Hall in Sasolburg on Friday night.
In a completely one-sided bout Thabiso Mchunu (88.90kg) was too young and strong for the faded veteran Botes (88.94kg) who was completely outclassed and did not win a round.
On the same card on the Rob’s Promotions tournament, in a battle of southpaws Kgotso Motau was just too big and strong for Peter Mashamaite.
Botes, 37 years old, was beaten up by the 21-year-old SA and WBA Pan African champion who, at times, seemed to feel too sorry for the veteran to knock him out.
Mchunu had Botes down in the seventh round and in the eighth the former SA super-middleweight and light-heavyweight champion who had earlier been on unsteady legs just sat down and gave up.
Referee Wally Snowball waved the fight off 2 minutes and 21 seconds inn to the round in what had been a poor excuse for a title fight.
Mchunu takes his record to seven wins in seven fights, all by knockout, looked good in everything he did and Botes who was marked up around the eyes early in the fight sees his record drop to 27-13, 16.
The classy, crowd-pleasing young fighter showed Botes too much respect and could have taken him out much earlier.
The champion connected with just about every jab and hook he threw and with Botes’s reflexes long gone, was an easy target for Mchunu.
Motau (75.72kg) retained his SA super middleweight title for the first time as he completely dominated the South African middleweight champion Mashamaite (74.60kg) from the first round.
In round one the well conditioned champion using his southpaw jab kept the smaller and lighter punching challenger on the back foot before sending him down for a count after series of left hooks.
Mashamaite was unable to get past the long reach of the champion and just before the bell ending the second round was put down on his face for another count by a looping left hook.
Coming into the third round Mashamaite appeared to have recovered and did well enough to stun the champion as he caught him against the ropes.
However, his success was short lived, as in round four the champion came back at Mashamaite and after landing with a barrage of punches against the ropes and Mashamaite not fighting back referee Freddie Makhathini stopped the fight at 33 seconds into the round.
Mashamaite fell to 22-7-1; 12 and Motau improved to 15-2; 12 in what turned out to be a one-sided bout.
Bongani Mahlangu 11-2; 6 was in outstanding form as he completely outboxed Prosper Ankrah of Ghana before scoring a knockout in the sixth round to retain his WBA Pan African bantamweight title. Ankrah has a reported record 5-1; 0.
In a junior flyweight contest Thabelo Sekamegeng knocked out Christopher Mayekiso in the first round.