By Ron Jackson
Former IBF strawweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi was back to his best as he demolished reigning champion Benezer Alolod from the Philippines in nine one-sided rounds to claim the WBC international light-flyweight title on Saturday night at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park. In an all southpaw clash Joyi (48, 82kg) dominated from the first bell as he battered the gutsy Alolod (48,56kg) from his southpaw stance, landing thudding right and left punches to the head and body throughout. Joyi outboxed and outpunched Alolod through the nine rounds and never looked like losing a round, and it was surprising to note that some of the judges had scored rounds in favour of the Filipino at the end of rounds four and eight the scores of which were announced as is the custom of the WBC. In round eight Alolod began to wilt and referee Simon Xamlashe of South Africa could have called the fight off as there was no way the light punching Filipino who has only won 2 of his previous fights inside the distance could pull off a victory. However, he allowed the battering to continue before Joyi landed a left hook to that sent Alolod crumpling down in the neutral corner where he was counted out at 2 minute 48 seconds into the round. Joyi takes his record to 24-2-1nc; 17 KOs and Alolod drops to 12-5-4; 2 KOs.
Liebenberg wins in first round
Ryno Liebenberg (79.02kg) stopped a rather soft looking Gabriel Ramirez (79.02kg) from Argentina at 1 minute 58 seconds of the first round to win the vacant WBC international light heavyweight title. Liebenberg stormed out at the first bell and backed up Ramirez before landing a barrage of blows that sent the Argentian down in his corner battered and bleeding to be counted out by referee Thabo Spampool of South Africa. Liebenberg is now unbeaten after a 13 fights, of which he won nine inside the distance. The 32-year-old Ramirez has a record of 13-5-1; 7.
Muller regains SA light heavyweight title
Johnny Muller (78.94kg) stopped Tshepang Mohale (78.92kg) in the eleventh round to regain the SA light-heavyweight title. Muller 14-3-2; 11 boxing from behind his left jab controlled the fight throughout and in the eleventh round he backed the tiring Mohale 9-7; 8 up against the ropes before landing a series of punches and when the champion was not fighting back referee Tony Nyangiwe stepped in to stop the fight at 2 minute 28 seconds into the round. Muller had lost the title on a third-round stoppage defeat in their previous fight in June 2011.
In the opening bout of the evening Thabang Ramagole (48,58kg) powered his way to a fifth round technical knockout win over Meshack Mathebula (50,50kg) in a scheduled six round junior flyweight bout. Time 2:34.