By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Thomas Oosthuizen (13-0, 10 KOs) was most impressive in scoring an eighth round knockout over the rugged Saul Roman (34-7, 13 KOs) from Mexico at the Emperors Palace Casino in Kempton Park on Tuesday night. The southpaw Oosthuizen (76kg) dominated the fight from the first bell as he jolted Roman’s head back with stiff right and left combinations through the first four rounds. Despite absorbing some tremendous punishment Roman (76.20kg) never looked in trouble and even came back to possibly shade the fifth round when he stopped the South African in his tracks with a big overhand right. However, Oosthuizen once again took control in the sixth and seventh rounds before landing a big shot to the side of the head that sent the Mexican flat on his back where he was counted out by referee Thabo Spampool at 35 seconds into round eight. The judges were Alfred Buqwana, Neville Hotz and Tony Nyangiwe.
In the main supporting bout former four time world belt holder Zolani Marali (61.22kg) fighting at lightweight was just too slick and experienced for Kgotla Baeti (61.22kg) from Botswana in scoring a split decision over ten rounds in a poor fight where there was too much holding and pushing throughout.
In a heavyweight contest Flo Simba (90.50kg) who was named prospect of the year at the recent Boxing SA awards showed a lot of heart against the bigger and heavier Wiseman Dlomo (122kg) before scoring a technical knockout at 56 seconds into the sixth round.
Heavyweight Johnny Muller (91.66kg) who recently joined trainer Harold Volbrect showed more control in hammering out a six round points decision over the tough Papy Mongenda (90.54kg) from the Congo.
Lightweight Bongani Dlamini (61.16kg) completely dominated Takalani Dangala (60.80kg) before scoring a third round technical knockout in a scheduled six. The time was 50 seconds.
In the opening bout of the evening super middleweight Chas Wasserman (75,88kg) wasted no time in stopping Benny Nkanyane (73.58kg) at 1 minute 27 seconds into the first round.
Both fighters were making their professional debut.
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