By Ron Jackson
In a complete mismatch Luzuko Siyo smashed Sebelomzi Zimela to defeat in 40 seconds of the first round to retain his South African junior flyweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The number ten ranked Zimela (48.70kg) was never in the fight as Siyo (48.70kg) attacked from the bell throwing big shots to the body and within seconds the challenger went down on one knee. He managed to make it to his feet as referee Andile Matakane gave him a standing eight count. Zimela was still on rubbery legs as the champion backed him up before landing a sweeping left hook to the jaw that sent him flat on his back on the canvas. The referee did not pick up the count and waved the fight off immediately.
Due to a lack of crowd control fans were seen jumping into the ring while the stricken fighter was being attended to by the medics, which was rather disturbing after the recent death of Anele Makhwelo in Bloemfontein. After further attention Zimela was able to leave the ring on shaky legs.
Siyo who was making his first defence takes his record to 10 wins with 8 inside the distance and Zimela drops to 10-8; 4. For the record the judges were Simphiwe Mbini, Lulama Mtya and Siya Vabaza.
In the main supporting bout former South African junior bantamweight champion Unathi Gqokoma (52.10kg) who fights from the southpaw stance won the vacant Eastern Cape junior bantamweight title in a hard fought ten rounder against the gutsy Thabo Sishwana (52.15kg). The scores 97-94 twice and 97-95, all for Gqokoma. Gqokoma improved his record 17-5-1; 4 and Sishwana drops to 9-5; 3.
Other results: Junior flyweight: Siviwe Mqakamba beat Sinethemba Magabisela, pts 6; Bantamweight: Onela Qongwana beat Ntobeko Duma, pts 6; Junior welterweight: Mzukusi Mgidi beat Masande Kakaza, ko 3.
The tournament was presented by Mzi Mnguni of Eyethu Promotions.