By Ron Jackson
In an outstanding performance Lwandile Sithyatha from Mdantsane retained his South African flyweight title for the first time when he completely outclassed Jackson Chauke of Tembisa over 12 rounds at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday afternoon.
The 24-year-old Sityatha (50.30kg) came out fast at the first bell and dominated throughout the fight as he backed up the 27-year-old Chauke (50.55kg). Judges Simphiwo Mbini and Andile Matika scored it 118-110 and 119-110, whilst judge Lulama Mytya had it 120-110.
Sityatha was just too clever, too strong and fast for his taller opponent who never got into the fight as he spent all his time on the back foot with the champion cutting off the ring as he scored to the body and head throughout.
Referee Siya Vabaza had an easy afternoons work and very little to do other than pick up the gum guard that Siyatha lost on occasions.
Sityatha improves his record to 16-2; 7 and Chauke drops to 11-1-1-td; 6.
South African junior welterweight champion Mzolisi Yoyo (63.35kg) was being outboxed and out jabbed by the taller and unknown Thapelo Potwana (63.05kg) before he stopped the challenger at 42 seconds into the seventh round.
The 36 year-old Yoyo was on the way to losing his title before he caught Potwana, 23, with right and left hook to the head that sent him thudding onto the canvas early in the seventh round.
Potwana beat the count and referee Lulama Mtya told him to box on, but he stepped forward and collapsed into the referee arms.
After receiving attention from the doctor Potwana was removed from the ring on a stretcher and taken to hospital.
Yoyo takes his record to 20-4; 14 and Potwana drops to 6-5-1; 3.
The judges were Simphiwo Mbini, Siya Vabaza and Andile Matika.
In an uninteresting bout between southpaws Luthando Bhaneti (48.85kg) outpointed defending champion Sinethemba Magbisela (48.95kg) over ten rounds to claim the Eastern Cape flyweight title. The scores were 97-94 and 99-91 twice.
In a junior bantamweight clash scheduled for six rounds Nasiphi Mdlangazi (52.05kg) beat Mzingisi Noqoko (51.45kg) on a third technical knockout. Time was 2:38.
The tournament is presented by Ayanda Matiti of Xaba Promotions.