By Ron Jackson
In an outstanding performance Thabiso Mchunu knocked out Danie Venter in the fifth round to win the Super 8 cruiserweight series at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Saturday night. Mchunu (90.70kg) who also won the vacant African Boxing Union cruiserweight title dominated from the first bell against the rather lacklustre Venter (89.82kg) who was never in the fight. The muscular and shorter Mchunu was too fast and strong for Venter who looked taut and was possibly overtrained.
Mchunu, 24, beat Venter to the punch catching him with stinging right and left combinations throughout from his southpaw stance as blood began to leak from Venter’s nose in the third round. After dominating the first four rounds Mchunu dropped Venter with a big right hand early in the fifth round. He managed to beat the count, but was badly hurt and never really recovered; and after taking another count, he was finally put down and counted out at 1 minute 52 seconds into the round by referee Thabo Spampool. Mchunu improves his record to 14-1; 11 and Venter drops to 14-6; 10. The fight headed the bill on Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves Promotions tournament.
In the co-feature Tommy Oosthuizen (76.34kg) retained his IBO super-middleweight belt for the sixth time when he outpointed the rugged 35-year-old Fulgenico Zuniga (76.08kg) on points over 12 entertaining rounds. Judges Tony Nyangiwe and Michael Pernick both scored it 119-109 and judge Reg Thompson had it 120-108. The taller and faster Oosthuizen 21-0-1; 13 using his reach advantage outboxed Zuniga 25-6-1; 22 throughout as he threw stinging right and lefts from his southpaw stance. However, Oosthuizen will have to tighten his defence if he meets any of the top fighters in the division. He was caught on numerous occasions by wild swinging roundhouse rights to the head by the Colombian. Despite rumours of battling to make the weight Oosthuizen, 24, never looked like tiring throughout the twelve rounds.
Liebenberg retains IBO All Africa title
In a rather untidy affair Ryno Liebenberg (78.94kg) retained his IBO All Africa light heavyweight title when he knocked out Donald Kampamba (78,36kg) of Zambia at 1 minute 57 seconds into the ninth round. After making a fast start Liebenberg 10-0; 7 made hard work of trying to pin down the awkward Kampamba 5-4-1; 2 despite scoring knockdowns in the first and third rounds. However, in the ninth round he smashed Kampamba down and out flat on his back after three left hooks where he was counted out by referee Lulama Mtya.
Buthelezi win third IBO belt
In the opening bout of the evening Gideon Buthelezi (52.14kg) won his third “world” title when he beat Filipino Edren Dapudong (52.14kg) on a split decision through twelve toe-toe exciting rounds for the vacant IBO junior bantamweight belt. Judges Tony Nyangiwa (S.A.) and Michael Pernick (USA) scored it 115-112 and 115-113 for Buthelezi whilst judge Reg Thompson (UK) had it 114-113 for Dapudong. However, the southpaw South African appeared rather fortunate to get the decision after the Filipino had won the early rounds and scored a knockdown in the ninth round. Referee Lulam Mtya erred by not warning Buthelezi who was guilty of holding throughout. Buthelezi improved his record to 13-3; 5 and Dupadong dropped to 27-5; 15.
In a junior welterweight bout, Allan Bouwer (63.36kg) beat Vusi Balinkulu (63.50kg) on a majority points decision over four rounds.