By Ron Jackson
In a complete mismatch South African junior featherweight champion Macbute Sinyabi smashed Derek Samuels from the Western Cape to defeat in 98 seconds of the first round at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. The 22-year-old Sinyabi (54.82kg) was just too big and strong for the smaller Samuels (55.16kg) as he attacked from the opening bell to land with stinging combinations to the head and body. Samuels, 22, never landed a punch on the champion as he was backed up and even turned his back on the champion to avoid the onslaught. After a series of clubbing rights to the head the outclassed Samuels fell to his knees and referee Wally Snowball waved the fight off without picking up the count.
Samuels’ record was announced from the ring as 10-0-1 before the fight. Sinyabi who was making the first defense of his title improves his record to 11-1, 11 KOs. The judges were Joseph Chaane, Boiyumelo Madiba and David van Nieuwenhuizen.
Promoter Patrick Molefe of Rainbow Promotions must have been very disappointed with the poor turnout as there were possibly no more than 300 spectators in the arena.
Boxing SA will be well advised to take more care when sanctioning challenge’s for SA titles, as on Friday night in another mismatch Patrick Malinga stopped Mzoli Yoyo in a fight that only lasted 4 minutes 38 seconds. Having only 5 minutes and 21 seconds of action in two SA title fights is not good enough.
Former South African junior welter and welterweight champion Lucky Lewele having his first fight in 13 months was a shadow of his former self as he fought to a six round draw with Jerry Nekubwe. They fought at welterweight.
Other results: Lightweight: Kyle Bothma beat James Sibanda, pts 4; Heavyweight: Johnny Muller beat Kally Kalembe, ko 2; Lightweight: Takalane Dangale beat Samkelo Fani, pts 6; Junior lightweight: Jabulani Khanye beat Elvis Ndlovu, tko 4.