By Ron Jackson
On Saturday night at the Westbury Recreation Centre near Johannesburg, featherweights Marcel Japhta and Willie Mabasa meet in a ten rounder on a promotion presented by People Promotions in conjunction with the Westside Boxing Academy. Japtha (9-1-1, 7 KOs) won the Gauteng featherweight title in February last year when he outpointed former South African junior featherweight champion Edward Mpofu.
On the undercard junior middleweight Johannes Pieterson meets Nululeko Mhlongo over six rounds and Pius Dipheko takes on Thabo Mashishi in a welterweight four rounder.
Isaac Chilembe 12-1; 8 from Malawi who has moved from Nick Durandt to trainer Colin Nathan meets Kenyan, Gouglass Otieno 19-2; 9 for the vacant WBO Africa light heavyweight title at the Graceland Casino on June 6 on a Golden Gloves Promotions tournament. .
Lightweight, Grant Fourie 8-0; 6 also from the Nathan stable returns action on the undercard, against an opponent still to be announced.
It has been reported that the International Boxing Organisation is threatening to strip Nkosinathi Joyi 19-0; 15 of his mini flyweight belt if he goes ahead with the fight against Florante Condes 23-1-4; 20 from the Philippines in a IBF mini-flyweight title eliminator in East London on June 12.
The month of May in South African heavyweight boxing history:
May 27, 1905 Tim Murphy W DISQ 4 Mike Williams,Jhb.
May 6, 1907 Mike Williams W KO 18 Jack Valentine,Cape Town.
May 16, 1908 Mike Williams D 20 Harry Smith,Durban..
May 24, 1917 Fred Storbeck W PTS 20 Johnny Rutherford,Jhb.vacant title.
May 17, 1927 Jimmy Dixon W KO 4 Young Farratt, Durban. Billed as black South African heavyweight title.
May 10, 1930 Don McCorkindale W RTD 12 Johnny Squires,Jhb.
May 15, 1954 Johnny Arthur W KO 6 Mike Oberholzer,Kroonstad.
May 20, 1961 Gawie De Klerk W KO 11 Jan Scheepers,Jhb.
May 2, 1966 Gerrie De Bruyn W KO 7 Billy Lotter,Jhb.
May 11, 2002 Anton Nel W KO 10 Osborne Machimana, East London.
May 31, 2008 Osborne Machimana W TKO 5 Miyan Solomons, Kempton Park.