By Ron Jackson
Sipho Taliwe stopped Warren Joubert in the fourth round to retain his SA junior lightweight title the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night.Taliwe 15-2; 14 who was making the first defence of his title completely outclassed the previously unbeaten Joubert 16-1-2; 10 who had no answer to the hand speed and power of the champion.
Taliwe (58.92kg) dominated from the first round as he scored with left and rights to the head through the leaky defence of the challenger before dropping him on the seat of his pants with a straight left just before the end of the third round.
Coming out for the fourth round the champion was in complete control before catching Joubert (58.78kg) with a big right to the side of the head that sent him staggering and down against the ropes.
He managed to make it to his feet but at as referee Thabo Spampool’s count reached seven Joubert’s corner-men wisely threw in the towel, resulting in a technical knockout at 2 minutes 50 seconds of the fourth round.
The 28-year-old Joubert’s work-rate was below par and his defence was worse as he never really troubled Taliwe, 28, throughout.
At the end Joubert looked a badly beaten fighter with blood leaking from his nose and a puffed up left eye.
The judges were David van Nieuwenhuizen, Joseph Chaane and Neville Hotz.
On the undercard Michael van Heerden (69.82kg) retained his Gauteng junior middleweight title when he knocked out Bongani Mlotshwa at 1 minute 52 seconds into the fourth round of a scheduled ten.
Van Heerden improves his record to 8-1-1 and Mlotshwa drops to 3-1.
In a junior lightweight bout Rafaiwai Maema (58.40kg) who was making his pro debut scored a four round points decision over Mpho Babe (57.40kg)
The tournament was presented by Reggie Hilmer of Future Promotions.