By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Danie Venter smashed Shawn Cox from Barbados to defeat after 1 minute 42 seconds into the first round to win the vacant World Boxing Federation cruiserweight belt at the Heartfelt Arena, in Thaba Tshwane, Pretoria on Friday night. A right to the jaw dropped the southpaw Cox about 20 seconds into the round, and he never fully recovered although he staggered to his feet. Soon afterwards another right sent him down again and when he made it to his feet he was backed up against the ropes and after a flurry of punches from Venter referee Darryl Ribbink waved the fight off. Venter improved his record to 17-6-2, 12 KOs and Cox dropped to 17-3, 16 KOs.
Venter weighed 90kg and Cox 89.70kg.
In the main supporting bout Daniel Bruwer (89.34kg) made hard work of beating the rather poor Algerian Sofiane Sebihi (88.46kg) before stopping him at 2:44 of the eighth round to win the vacant WBF International cruiserweight title.
Kevin Lerena (89.96kg) stopped Ibrahim Labaran of Ghana (87.24) at 1:48 of the first round to win the vacant WBF Africa cruiserweight title.
Other results: Lightweight: Oumpie Stevens beat Gideon Mathe, tko 4; Lightweight Sibusiso Zingange beat Mosia Nthibane, tko 4; Super middleweight: Marcel Botha beat Myhiyane Fulatela, pts 4; Cruiserweight: Nicky Kriek beat Christopher Monyai, tko 1.