By Ron Jackson
In a closely fought contest Sipho Taliwe retained his South African junior lightweight title when he fought to a 12 round draw with Godfrey Nzimande at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. The scores were 114 -114 twice and 115-113 for Nzimande.
In a fight of two halves, Ndzimande 21-4; 12 possibly won the first five rounds to build up a commanding lead but then allowed Taliwe 15-2-1; 14 to get back into the fight in the later rounds as he was caught with uppercuts and some stinging right hands that left him with a swelling under the right eye and bleeding from the lip.
Taliwe (58.89kg) was stunned in the first round with a left and later on a right hand that sent him staggering to the ropes.
Through rounds two to five the champion was out of distance when throwing his punches and allowed Nzimande (58.56kg) to counter with sting lefts and rights to the head before picking up the pace in round seven.
Possibly a drawn decision was the best reflection of the fight.
Other results: Lightweight: Oupa Maimane beat Phumlani Majola, pts 4; Super middleweight: Wynand Mulder beat Madoda Maseko, tko 1; Lightweight: Keith Nkosi beat Andile Rasmeni, tko 3; Light heavyweight: Charles Oosthuizen beat Bysil Mthethwa, tko 1; Featherweight: Gert Aris beat Mduduzi Dladla, pts 6; Junior welterweight: Kyle Bothma beat Luyanda Jako, tko 2.
The tournament was presented by Pat Molefe of Rainbow Promotions.