By Ron Jackson
Macbute Sinyabi retained his SA junior featherweight title when he beat Oscar Chauke on a unanimous 12 round points decision at the Orient Theatre on Sunday afternoon. Sinyabi won with scores of 117-112, 116-114 and 118-112 but this was not a true reflection of the fight which was much closer. The 31-year-old Chauke (55.30kg) made a fast start as he outboxed the champion through the first six rounds. However, he appeared to tire in the later rounds and let the 24-year-old Sinyabi (55.15kg) come back into the fight. Making the eighth defence of his national belt, Sinyabe had to go 12 rounds for the first time in his career to take his record to 19 wins, 2 losses and 18 wins inside the distance.
Chauke 29-7-2; 10 a former SA and World Boxing Foundation junior featherweight champion possibly felt he had done enough to take the title and is entitled to a rematch. There were no knockdowns, although Sinyabi took a tumble through the ropes in the fourth round and was also warned for holding on two occasions by referee Siya Vabaza.
Mfusi Maxhayi won the vacant Eastern Cape bantamweight title when he stopped Onela Qongwana after 1 minute 45 seconds of the fourth round.
In a South African welterweight title eliminator Mziwoxolo Ndwanyane stopped Gerald Nekhubvi at 47 seconds into the fourth round of a scheduled ten.
The tournament was presented by Mzi Mnguni of Eyethu Promotions.