By Ron Jackson
In a South African flyweight title eliminator Doctor Ntsele scored an impressive fourth round technical knockout over Lehlohonolo Ramagole in a scheduled ten rounder at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. Ntsele who improved his record to 12-3-1; 10 now earns the right to challenge South African champion Xolani Sifama from the Eastern Cape.
After a slow start the 23-year-old Ntsele (50.56kg) picked up the pace in the fourth round against the taller Ramagole (50.66kg) and after outpunching his opponent landed an overhand right that sent Ramagole flat on his back.
He managed to beat the count but soon afterwards after a flurry of blows to the head and not answering back referee Phillip du Randt stepped in at 2 minutes 35 seconds into the fourth round to call the fight off.
Ramagole, 25, sees his record drop to 8-3; 6.
In the main supporting bout in a gruelling affair Thomson Mokwane (61.16kg) won the vacant Gauteng lightweight title when he scored a unanimous ten round points decision over Samkelo Fani (61.20kg).
The judges scores of 97-92 twice and 99-90 were not a true reflection of the fight and even though the right fighter got the decision it was much closer despite Fani taking a count in the eighth round.
Mokwane improves his record to 13-2; 6 and Fani drops to 8-4; 5.
The matchmaking of the undercard left much to be desired and Boxing SA would be well advised to take a closer look at the matchmaking as four of the five fights did not go beyond the first round.
Results: Featherweight: Prince Ndlovu beat Jonas Masilela, tko 1 (15 seconds): Welterweight: Mbuso Ndlela beat Alfred Mncedi, pts 4; Lightweight: Keith Nkosi beat Emmanuel Ndou, tko 1 (2:46), Junior welterweight: Oupa Maimani beat Lawrence Lekhuleni, tko 1 (1:28), Middleweight: Thabo Selomo beat Wynanad Mulder, ko 1 (1:30).
The tournament was presented by Pat Molefe of Rainbow Promotions.