By Ron Jackson
Jeff Ellis in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions produced an action packed development tournament before a packed Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park, South Africa on Monday night. In the main bout junior lightweight Grant Fourie was possibly a shade unlucky to lose a hard fought six round majority points decision against the taller Sydney Maluleka. The judges scored the fight 58-57, 58-56 and 57-57. Maluleke improved his record to 9-3 and Fourie dropped to 12-2-1.
In the opening bout of the evening Prince Ndlovu who was making his debut proved too strong for Christiaan Visser before pounding him into submission for a fourth round stoppage. They were fighting in the junior lightweight division.
In another junior lightweight bout Raymond Bloom did just enough to edge Wensley Buys over four rounds in a real ding-dong affair.
Middleweight Mitus Diseko stopped Sylvester Zaki at 32 seconds of the first round in a scheduled 4-rounder.
Heavyweight debutant Fikile Nyalunga blasted Simon Webb out at 1:55 of the first round and in a bantamweight contest Morne Bothma finished strongly to take a four round points decision over Cebo Ngema.
The disappointment of the evening was the no-show of Mongezi Nzamela who was scheduled to meet the 20-year-old young heavyweight prospect Florante Simba 3-0; 3.
Evidently Nxamela arrived at the arena but ran out in fear of his opponent one hour before he was scheduled to get into the ring with Simba. This is unprecedented in South African boxing and Boxing SA would be well advised to revoke Nzamela’s and ban him from boxing.