By Ron Jackson
In a night of action littered with stoppages at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Johnny Muller retained his South African light heavyweight title with a stunning second round stoppage win over number one contender Vhonani Netshidamboni. Muller (79.05kg) came out fast at the opening bell and a stiff left right combination staggered the well muscled Netshidamboni (77.25kg) early in the round. However, the southpaw Netshidamboni did well to come back at the champion to score with some good combinations before the bell.
Early in round two Muller whipped a sudden right over and knocked Netshidamboni out cold flat on his face. Referee Simon Xamlashe started to count but then waved the fight off at 47 seconds into the round. Muller is now 15-3-2, 12 KOs and Netshidamboni drops to 5-2-1, 3 KOs.
In the co-feature in the junior heavyweight division Ryno Liebenberg (79.00kg) wasted no time in stopping the rather clumsy Ghanaian Daniel Allottey (84kg) at 1:51 of the first round. The southpaw Allotey who failed to make the agreed weight limit of 79.38kg appeared to be looking for a place to lie down on the canvas as he came out at the bell and staggered around the ring. The superbly conditioned Liebenberg eventually stepped in and landed an uppercut that sent Allottey down in a heap as referee Wally Snowball waved the fight off. Liebenberg improves his record to 14-0, 10 KOs and Allotey goes to 15-5, 8 KOs.
In the only fight of the night that went the distance, in an untidy affair Dowayne Combrink (74.0kg) outpointed the veteran Simon Mokoena (78.70kg) over six rounds. The scores were 59-54 on all three judges scorecards. They were fighting at light heavyweight.
In a featherweight bout Ricardo Hiraman (56.60kg) smashed Thabo Mohlake (53.05kg) to defeat in 1 minute 23 seconds of the first round.
In the opening bout of the night bantamweight Ronald Malindi (53.45kg) stopped Vuyo Majavu (52.80kg) at 1 minute 54 seconds into the first round.
The tournament was presented by Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions.