By Ron Jackson
The polished Betuel Tyson Ushona from Namibia was most impressive in scoring a seventh round stoppage win over Pius Dipheko of South Africa in a scheduled ten round welterweight bout at the Turfontein Racecourse near Johannesburg on Friday night. Through the first three rounds neither fighter dominated as they both used their slick defensive skills, but in the fourth round Ushona (66.30kg) after dropping the South African with an unintentional low blow began to score with fast left-right combinations. Showing all his experience Ushona began to dominate in the sixth round with some slick moves and midway through the seventh he moved in with a flurry of blows to the head that sent Dipheko (66.40kg) staggering across the ring before falling down on his knees, as referee Phillip du Randt waved the fight off at 1 minute 45 seconds into the round. Ushona takes his record to 22-0; 4 and Dipheko drops to 19-7-2; 3.
Former South African junior heavyweight champion Danie Venter (107.20kg) now fighting in the heavyweight division scored his second win after being out of action for nearly four years when he laboured to a six round points decision over Sting Gonorenda (90.80kg) from Zimbabwe.
Venter improves his record to 10-3; 7 and Gonorenda drops to 6-8; 5.
Former South African and World Boxing Foundation junior featherweight champion Oscar Chauke (56.92kg) was most impressive in scoring a first round technical knockout win over Gotlieb Ndokofho (56.82kg) from Namibia in a featherweight contest. The time was 2:37.
In a light heavyweight contest scheduled for six rounds Rudolph Venter (78.22kg) stopped Rudy Bruwer (79.02kg) at 45 seconds into the fifth round.
In another light heavyweight contest Ryno Liebenburg (78.62kg) scored his second win inside the distance since making his professional debut when he stopped Fikile Nyalungu (78.12kg) at 2 minute and 58 seconds into the first round.
In junior welterweight contest Kyle Bothma (62.84kg) scored a six round points decision over Jeremiah Joshua (62.72kg) from Tanzania.
Promoter Andre Kerr of Seconds Out Promotions must be congratulated on producing a good evenings boxing.