By Ron Jackson
In one of the poorest South Africa title fights in recent years, Jasper Seroka from Phalaborwa regained the junior lightweight title when he outpointed Xolani Mcotheli of Umtata over 12 lackluster rounds in a clash for the vacant belt, at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London on Sunday afternoon. The decision was unanimous with judges Andile Matika and Siphiwo Mbini scoring it 116-111 and 116-110 whilst judge Siya Vabaza-Booi handed in a way out card of 114-112.
Mcotheli (58,90kgs) took counts in rounds two and twelve and spent most of the fight ducking below the waist, holding and mauling and it was difficult to award him a round. Referee Andile Matika failed to take control of the fight by not warning Mcotheli at anytime during the contest for the infringements and he would have been well within his rights to deduct a point or two from Mcoteli for these poor tactics.
Seroka (57,85kgs) improved his record 23-4; 10 and Mcotheli dropped to 10-1, 8.
Kominisi retains title
Making the first defence of his South African featherweight title Lusanda Kominisi (56,45kgs) from Mdantsane stopped Sabelo Nokhele (56,75kg) of King Williams Town in the fifth round. Kominisi dominated from the opening bell despite throwing wild punches and missing badly before he landed an overhand right to the jaw that sent the challenger down against the ropes in the fifth round. Nokhele beat the count but was in no condition to continue as referee Lulama Mtya waved the fight off at 2:05 into the round. Kominisi takes his record to 16-3; 15 and Nokhele’s reported record drops to 10-10-2; 4. The judges were Allen Matakane, Simphiwo Mbini and Andile Matika.
Other results: Flyweight: Sinethemba Stali, draw 4, Dylon Petu; Bantamweight: Phila Gola beat Bongani Ngozi, pts 6; Junior bantamweight: Sithembiso Faye beat Masixole Kweza, pts 6.
The tournament was presented by Mzi Mnguni of Eyethu Promotions.