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Sibiya wins Gauteng junior lightweight title

By Ron Jackson

Koos Sibiya won the Gauteng junior lightweight title when he beat defending champion Nkosinathi Ntshangase on a majority points decision in an entertaining and fast paced ten round bout at the Orlando Community Centre in Soweto on Sunday afternoon. Judges Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen and Simon Mokadi scored it 97-93 and 96-94 whilst judge Joseph Chaane had it 95-95. However, the fight was closer than reflected on the scorecards. Using his height and reach advantages the 29-year-old Ntshangase (8-4-1, 6 KOs) jabbed his way to an early lead. The 30-year-old Sibiya who improved his record to (17-9-2, 1 KO) came on strong in the later rounds which possibly influenced two of the judges. Ntshangase weighed in at 58.70kg and Sibiya at 58.10kg. The referee was Simon Xamlashe.

On the undercard super middleweight Renson Hlobyani (75.60kg) who was making his pro debut outpointed Christo Smith 3-2-;1 over four rounds.

In a rather untidy lightweight contest Victor Hlongwane (61.04kg) and Babalo Ncakeni (60.70kg) fought to a six round majority draw. The scores were 58-56 and 57-57 twice.

Middleweight Walter Dlamini (72.15kg) improved his record to 7-0; 2 when he knocked Terrence Tokota (72.30kg) 1-3-1 at 1:42 into the first round of a scheduled six.

The tournament was presented Pat Molefe of Rainbow Promotions.

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