By Ron Jackson
Sipho Taliwe boxed his way to a points victory over Takalani Dangala in Soweto on Sunday afternoon. The former SA and WBC international junior lightweight champion moved to the lightweight division to win a tough bout over ten rounds at the Orlando Community Hall. Judge Joe Chaane scored it 98-91 and Cyphrial Ndaba and Khaya Ngalo had it 97-92 and 98-92, all in favour of Taliwe. But many will argue that the scorecards were not a true reflection of the fight.
Dangala, who weighed 60.80 kg, made a fast start and probably won the first four rounds as he took the fight to the more experienced Taliwe.
Taliwe (61.10kg), who was bleeding from the nose before the halfway mark, picked up the pace in the later rounds.
He boxed from the outside and scored with his left jab. In the ninth round, his left hook, followed by a barrage of punches, sent a dazed Dangala staggering into the ropes, where he took a count from referee Tony Nyangiwe.
A weary Dangala came out on rubbery legs for the tenth round and did well to hang on to the final bell after putting up a gutsy performance.
Taliwe improved his record 21-3-1, including 14 wins inside the distance. Dangala dropped to what is believed to be 10-6-4.
Other results: Lightweight: Babalo Ncakeni beat Humbulani Netshamutshedzi on points over four rounds.
Junior featherweight: Bongani Mahlangu beat Sibusiso Khumalo on points over six rounds.
Middleweight: Walter Dlamini beat Johannes Pietersen on points over six rounds.
The tournament was presented by Pat Molefe of Rainbow Promotions.