By Ron Jackson
Former South African and World Boxing Foundation junior featherweight champion Oscar Chauke having his first fight in the featherweight class completely outclassed Sabelo Nokhele in scoring a unanimous six rounds points decision at the Convention Centre, Gold Reef City near Johannesburg on Thursday night.
The more experienced Chauke (57.14kg) of Gauteng who has a record of 29-8-2; 10 took command from the opening bell as he outboxed the gutsy Nokhele (57.06kg) who has a reported record of 5-8-1; 2 from behind his educated left jab.
Nokhele from the Eastern Cape but fighting out of Gauteng was never in the fight but showed lots of heart to survive six rounds with the classy former champion.
Junior welterweight Shannon Strydom (63.10kg) son of well known trainer Gert Strydom won his third fight since joining the professional ranks, but had to work hard to score a unanimous four round points decision over Mfundo James. James took a count in the second round but came back in the last round to push Strydom all the way.
In a toe-toe encounter middleweight Sylvester Zaki (72.10kg) did enough to take a six round unanimous points decision over Dwayne Combrink (72.54kg).
Walter Dlamini (75.86kg) dominated before scoring a third round knockout over Kobus Motlhoding (75.62kg) in a super middleweight contest.
In a junior heavyweight bout Vhonani Netshidamboni (79.20kg) outpointed Gabriel Davhana (82,52kg) over four rounds.
The junior welterweight fight between Herbert Nkabit (63.20kg) and Zan Jonker (63.42kg) ended in a fourth round technical draw after an accidental clash of heads.
The tournament was presented by Manny Fernandes.