By Ron Jackson
Rupert van Aswegen from Boksburg won the vacant SA light heavyweight title on a split decision over Balimo Weliya of Mdantsane at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Tuesday night. Judges Tony Nyangiwe and David van Nieuwenhuizen scored the fight 117-113 and 116-113 for Van Aswegen whilst judge Boitumelo Madiba handed in a rather ridiculous card of 115-113 for Weliya.
In a fight that never rose to any heights Van Aswegen (78.80kg) dominated for long periods with his better boxing skills as he penetrated the guard of Weliya (79.16kg)
Van Aswegen did well through rounds four to seven as he hooked off the jab and scored with some stiff jabs that jolted Weliya’ s head back on occasions and bloodied his mouth.
Weliya scored with some stiff punches to the head in rounds nine and ten as Van Aswegen appeared to tire and began to showboat.
However, Van Aswegen picked up the pace in the last two rounds to coast home an easy winner except in the eyes of judge Madiba.
Weliya landed numerous blows to the kidney area throughout the fight and surprisingly referee Sazi Xamlashe never gave him any warnings.
Van Aswegen improved his record to 19-6-2, 12 and Weliya’s reported record dropped to 11-3; 7.
Other results: Featherweight: Johannes Nthontho beat Ashley Dlamini, pts 4; Junior lightweight: Joey Stiglingh beat Stephen Ntshingila, tko 6; Light heavyweight: Rudi Brewer beat Jerry Hlaoaela, tko 2; Heavyweight: Nuntsu Mbaya beat Basil Ray, ko 3.
The tournament was promoted by Jeff Ellis in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions.