By Ron Jackson
Mzolisi Yoyo retained the South African junior welterweight title for the third time when he outpointed Samuel Malinga by wide margins over twelve round rounds in an entertaining fight at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London on Sunday afternoon. After a slow start Yoyo who will 35 on December 25 picked up the pace and using his educated left jab he outboxed Malinga through rounds three to ten before he began to tire in the last two rounds, when he let the challenger back into the fight. In a boxing exhibition the champion belied his age using all his skills too keep Malinga off balance throughout as he cleverly moved in and out to land with combinations. Going into the last round it was a desperate Malinga who came out knowing that he had to score a knockout to win the title. Despite being backed up and taking a few shots to the head the cagey champion managed to survive and was a comfortable winner at the end. Judges Simphiwo Mbini and Lulama Mtya scored it 118-111 and 119-111 whilst judge Allen Matakane had it a complete shutout for Yoyo with a score of 120-109. Yoyo improved his record to 19-4, 14 KOs and the 33-year-old Malinga saw his record drop to 22-9-3, 14 KOs.
Referee Andile Matika had an easy afternoon’s work in a clean fight with very little holding or clinching.
Other results: Junior bantamweight: Sithembiso Faye beat Thulani Kewuti, tko 4; Junior featherweight: Zola Charlie beat Philani Fetsha, pts 6; Junior featherweight, Lundi Madondile beat Jerome Cebekhule, tko 2; Lightweight: Xolisani Ndongeni beat Wandile Mseleku, tko 3; Welterweight: Ntuhukho Memela beat Sikhululo Sinzumo, tko 2.
The tournament was presented by Mzi Mnguni of Eythu Promotions.