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Ndongeni upsets Nzimande to win SA title

By Ron Jackson

Nine fight novice Xolisani Ndongeni upset the fancied and more experienced Godfrey Nzimande to win the South African junior lightweight title by wide margins over 12 rounds at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon.

The scores were 119-110 and 119-109 twice.

The 22-year-old Ndongeni who improved his record to 10-0; 7 completely dominated the 31 –year-old Nzimande 28-4-1; 21 a former two-time South African and World Boxing Foundation champion junior lightweight champion who was never in the fight from the opening bell.

Both fighters suffered cuts over their eyes but this was never a factor as the younger Ndongeni (58.90kg) outmaneuvered, outboxed and completely outclassed Nzimande (58.35kg) through the 12 rounds.

It was a sluggish Nzimande who spent most of the fight following his slick opponent around the ring, swinging wildly and missing throughout.

From the first round the challenger took command using his longer reach and height as he out jabbed the champion, beating him to the punch as he scored with left and right combinations to finish a popular winner in front of his home crowd.

Other results: Mini flyweight: Siyabonga Siyo beat Sinethemba Ralane, ko 2; Junior lightweight: Baxolise Mbhexeshi beat Jarrome Essay, tko 2; Junior bantamweight: Sithembiso Faye beat Wiseman Kega, pts 6; Junior lightweight: Wonga Mhlana beat Mudau Tshifhiwa, tko 2; Junior lightweight: Xolani Mcotheli beat Mzwananene Ngcayi, ko 5; Mini flyweight: Nhlanhla Ngamntwini beat Malibongwe Mntusanto, pts 6.

The tournament was presented by Mzi Mnguni of Eyethu Boxing Promotions.




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