Close call but Sibiya wins title
Koos Sibiya won the Gauteng junior lightweight title when he beat Nkosinathi Ntshangase in Soweto on Sunday.
Sibiya won the entertaining, fast-paced ten-round bout at the Orlando Community Centre on a majority points decision.
Judges Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen and Simon Mokadi scored it 97-93 and 96-94 and Joseph Chaane had it 95-95.
The fight seemed closer than the scorecards indicated. The 29-year-old Ntshangase used his height and reach advantage to jab his way to an early lead.
Sibiya, who weighed 58.10 kg, improved his record to 17-9-2, with one shortcut win. Ntshangase, whose record now stands at 8-4-1; 6, came in at 58.70.
The referee was Simon Xamlashe.
On the undercard, super-middleweight Renson Hlobyani made his professional debut by beating Christo Smith (3-2; 1) on points over four rounds.
In a rather untidy lightweight bout, Victor Hlongwane (61.04 kg) and Babalo Ncakeni (60.70) fought to a six-round majority draw. The scores were 57-57 on two cards and 58-56 for Ncakeni.
Middleweight Walter Dlamini (72.15 kg) improved his record to 7-0; 2 when he knocked out Terrence Tokota 1 minute 42 seconds into the first round of a bout scheduled for six. Tokota (72.30 kg) dropped to 1-3-1.
The tournament was presented Pat Molefe of Rainbow Promotions.