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Weliya and Mhlongo retain South African titles

By Ron Jackson

In a double-header at the University of Fort Hare in Alice, Eastern Cape on Saturday Balema Weliya retained his South African super middleweight title when he outpointed number four ranked Charles Oosthuizen over 12 rounds.

Also South African junior middleweight champion Nkululeko Mhlongo retained his title with a third round technical knockout win over Yanga Phetani.

The 32-year-old Weliya who was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo but is now based in East London won the Eastern Cape light heavyweight title when he stopped Ayanda Nongena in the second round in September 2010. On October 9, 2011 in clash for the vacant South African super middleweight title he won on a ninth stoppage against Goodman Dywili. After his success against Ooosthuizen, Weliya improved his record to 11-4, 5 KOs according to available records and Oosthuizen dropped to 5-1, 2 KOs.

Mhlongo wins in three

Nkululeko Mhlongo from KwaZulu-Natal who was making the first defence of his South African junior middleweight title smashed Yanga Phetani of Mdantsane to defeat in the third round.

Mhlonogo takes his record 14-3, 11 KOs and Phetani who is ranked at number four saw his reported record drop to 6-1, 2 KOs.

The tournament was presented by Siphato Handi of Mamali Promotions and sponsored by the Amathole District Municipality.

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