By Ron Jackson
Thabo Sonjica from Duncan Village near East London maintained his unbeaten record when he stopped John Gicharu of Kenya in the fourth round of a scheduled ten round junior featherweight fight at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday afternoon. The handful of spectators in attendance were short-changed in what proved to be a poor fight that should have not been billed as a top liner.
Both fighters showed limited boxing skills as Sonjica 12-0 who fights from the southpaw stance chased Gicharu 13-8-1; 6 around the ring to land swing rights and lefts through the Kenyan’s porous defence as he spent his time backing off.
Sonjica (54,75kg) who sustained a cut over the left eye in the second round from a possibly clash of heads continued to back up Gicharu (55.30kg) through round four, battering him with right and left hands to the head, and with the Kenyan not fighting back referee Lulama Mtya stepped in to wave the fight off at 2 minutes 31 seconds into the round.
The judges were Simphiwe Mbini, Allen Matakane and Andile Matika.
In the main supporting bout in what was also a poor match-up Luzuko Siyo 9-0 won the vacant Eastern Cape junior flyweight title when he stopped Siswe Qwemeshe 10-4 in the sixth round of a scheduled ten.
Other results: Bantamweight: Ntobeko Duma, draw 6, Mfusi Maxhayi; Junior bantamweight: Thabo Sishwane beat Linda Petse, tko 4; Mini flyweight: Bongani Mfundisi beat Luyanda Nkwankwa, pts 6; Featherweight: Xolisani Ndongeni beat Lulama Titise, tko 2; Welterweight; Phumlani Mdlokolo beat Xolani Gellem, tko 2.
The tournament was presented by Mzi Mnguni of Eyethu Boxing Promotions.