By Ron Jackson
Unbeaten South African welterweight champion Chris van Heerden knocked out Venance Mponji from Tanzania after just 102 seconds in the first round of a bout scheduled for ten in Meyerton on Friday night. Mponji (65.50 kg) came out fast at the bell taking the fight to Van Heerden (66.16 kg) who backed off against his smaller opponent. However, the aggressive Mponji was unable to penetrate Van Heerden’s defence. Fighting off his back foot the southpaw South African calmly took everything thrown at him by Mponji before stepping in with a short right to the body that dropped the Tanzanian on his back where he took the full count from referee Alfred Buqwana.
The 22-year-old Van Heerden improved his record to 14-0-1; 9 and Mponji, 25, saw his reported record drop to 15-13-2; 7.
The judges were Tony Nyangiwe, David van Nieuwenhuizen and Joseph Chaane.
In July 2008 Van Heerden won the African Boxing Union title and in December of the same year won the vacant South African welterweight title with an eleventh round stoppage against Page Tshesane, who had previously held him to a six round draw.
On the undercard in a bantamweight contest Mxolisi Mbewu stopped Vincent Gabela in the first round.
The featherweight bout between Patrick Masango and Takalani Kwinda ended in a second round technical draw when Kwinda received a badly cut lip.
Junior welterweight Bongo Lepembohuges from the Congo scored a second round technical knockout at 2 minutes 26 seconds of the second round against Lukas Moketi.
The tournament was presented by Alan Young of Knockout Promotions.