By Ron Jackson
Xolani Sifama who was making the first defence of his South African flyweight title stopped the previously unbeaten Wele Yokose at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London on Sunday. Sifama was too experienced for the younger Yokose and was in control through rounds one to ten as he boxed from behind his educated left jab. The southpaw challenger was more intent on going for a knockout instead of sticking to basic boxing skills and in round eleven paid the penalty when early in the round he went down for a count. Yokose managed to beat the count but soon afterwards after a flurry of punches he was sent crashing to the canvas down and out.
Sifama from Duncan Village made his pro debut on August 16, 1998 and now has a record of 9-2-1 with 6 wins inside the distance.
He won the vacant title in East London on April 9 this year when he knocked out Anele Makhwelo in the sixth round.
The title became vacant in November last year when Moruti Mthalane relinquished it after winning the IBF flyweight belt.
Yokose of Mdantsane whose reported record is now 3-1; 2 on Boxrec comes off a six round points decision against Lazola Mjonono in February this year and earlier in his career he won the Baby Champs junior flyweight title.