By Ron Jackson
After a slow start Mzolisi Yoyo picked up the pace before scoring a sixth round knockout over Thembelani Chithani to retain his South African junior welterweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The 35-year-old Yoyo (62.80kg) who had a small cut on his right eye appeared rather sluggish and punching short before dropping the challenger with a right to the side of the head midway through the second round. Chithani (62.80kg) was not hurt and got up immediately. Through rounds three to five the champion continued to hold the edge against he 24-year-old Chithani who is ranked at number seven by Boxing SA. Coming into round six the champion was well ahead against the light punching challenger before stepping in to land a short left to the body that sent Chithani to his knees where he was counted out by referee Andile Matika at 2 minute 5 seconds into the round. Chithani did not appear to be in that much distress and could have possibly misjudged the count.
Yoyo improves his record to 18-4, 14 KOs and Chithani drops to 9-4-2, 2 KOs.
The judges were Siya Vabaza, Lulama Mtya and Allen Matakane.
In the main supporting bout in what was a scrappy affair, Xolisani Ndongeni (58.95kg) became the new Eastern Cape junior lightweight champion when he outpointed Ayanda Yaphi (57kg) over ten rounds.
The scores were 97-91, 97-96 and 97-93 all in favour of Ndongeni.
Ndongeni is ranked at number eight and Yaphi at four in the latest Boxing SA ratings.
Ndongeni took his record to 7-0, 3 KOs and Yaphi dropped to 16-4-1, 10 KOs.
Junior bantamweight: Athenkosi Neleni beat Simthembile Sitali, tko 2; Mini flyweight: Siyabonga Siyo beat Luvuyo Watata, pts 4; Junior bantamweight: Sithembiso Faye beat Banele Ntshoko, pts 4; Bantamweight: Thabo Sishwana beat Zolo Charlie, pts 6; Featherweight: Dumisani Tose beat Lucky Kwaza, pts 6.
The tournament was presented by Mzi Mnguni of Eyethu Boxing Promotions.