By Ron Jackson
Thabiso Mchunu retained his South African and Pan African junior heavyweight titles when he stopped the more experienced Ruben Groenewald in the fourth round at the Bloemfontein City Hall on Friday night. The 32-year-old Groenewald (89.96kg) came out swinging wildly in the first round as the 22-year-old Mchunu (90.36kg) who fights from the southpaw stance outboxed him through rounds two and three before landing five unanswered blows in the fourth when referee Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen stepped in to call the fight off at 1 minute 31 seconds into the round.
The talented Mchunu who showed accuracy and good balance now needs to be matched against better opposition. Mchunu improved his record to 8-0; 8 and Groenewald dropped to 23-8-3; 10. The judges were Andrew Nchenche, Freddy Makathini and Wally Snowball.
In an exciting clash for the vacant WBO Africa mini flyweight title former South African mini flyweight champion Gideon Buthelezi (46.86kg), in a battle of southpaws did well to stop Nelson Mtshali (47.06kg) at 1:04 into the fourth round. Buthelezi took his record to 9-2; 4 and Mtshali dropped to 8-2; 2.
In a bantamweight fight Michael Ramabeletsa (53.52kg) won on a fourth round technical knockout over Zukile Toko (53.52kg) in a scheduled six.
The tournament was presented by Robs Promotions.