By Ron Jackson
Andre Kerr under the banner of Seconds Out Boxing Promotions made his debut at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Thursday night when he presented an action packed eight-bout tournament.
In the opening bout of the evening Raymond Bloom (58, 85 kg) who was having his second fight as a professional wasted no time in despatching Tholakelo Mxonywa (56.98 kg) at 75 seconds into the first round. They were fighting at junior lightweight.
In a lightweight bout Sipho Taliwe (61.20 kg) had to come back from two knockdowns in the first round before he stopped Nicholas Modibeng (60.70 kg) at 1:41 of the third round.
Nkululeko Mhlongo (69.14kg) was just too strong for the poorly conditioned Irvin Mahonisi (71.60 kg) in scoring a knockout at 46 seconds into the second round of a middleweight bout.
In an action packed lightweight contest Kyle Bothma (60.82 kg) was slightly unfortunate to lose on a majority decision against the rugged Stephen Ntshingila (60.85 kg). A draw would have been a fairer reflection of this bout.
The scores were 58-56 twice and 57-57 as Ntshingila improved his record to 6-6; 0 and Bothma dropped to 4-5-2; 2.
In possibly the best fight of the night junior featherweights Koos Sibiya (55.26 kg) and Themba Lesiba (54.24 kg) fought to a draw over six rounds.
Judges David van Nieuwenhuizen and Neville Hotz both scored the fight 57-57 whilst judge Boitumelo Madiba handed in a ridiculous card of 60-54 in favour of Lesiba.
Lesiba takes his record to 9-0-1; 2 and Sibiya goes to 12-9-2; 1.
Nineteen-year-old heavyweight prospect Johnny Muller (88.76 kg) scored his fourth knockout since joining the professional ranks when he stopped Sean Santana (85.82 kg) at 2 minutes and two seconds into the first round.
However, Muller will be well advised to tighten up his defence and rather box from behind the jab when he comes up against better opposition.
Santana’s record drops to 6-4; 4.
In the show closer, featherweight Marcel Japtha (56.90 kg) was just too experienced for Victor Kota (56.92 kg) before knocking him out at 1 minute 23 seconds of the first round.
Japtha takes his record to 9-1-1; 8 and the overmatched Kota drops to 2-6; 1.
Promoter Andre Kerr must be congratulated on putting on a show with no television or sponsorship and we hope to see him back at Wembley.