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Boxing | South Africa

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Unfancied Khonco wins SA title



Simphiwe Konkco won vacant the SA minimumweight title when he stopped Bongani Mfundisi in the seventh round in East London on Saturday night.

The unfancied Mtatha fighter surprised most spectators at the Orient Theatre when he kept up a double-barrelled attack that resulted in Mfundisi being carried out of the ring on a stretcher long after the referee had stopped the onslaught.

Coming into the fight with a modest record of ten wins, three defeats and four draws, and ranked No 9 by Boxing SA, Khonco lost the first round against a more composed and more experienced Mfundisi.

However, Khonco soon proved stronger and better balanced, which enabled him to get more power behind his blows.

And as the fight progressed, he wore the local fighter down, keeping up an impressive work rate and knocking Mfundisi down with a solid right in the fourth round.

The fight turned into a classic scrap in the fifth and sixth rounds but Konkco seemed to get stronger as Mfundisi, ranked No 1 in South Africa, faded.

A sustained barrage of punches in the seventh brought the fight to an end when Mfundisi, whose record dropped to 12-4, with four knockouts, was reduced to a helpless target on the ropes.

The title had been vacant since another East London boxer, Siviwe Ntsiko, died on April 27.

UNDERCARD RESULTS

Cebo Ngema knocked out Madoda Qonono in the fourth round of a bantamweight bout scheduled for eight.

Ngema, from Gauteng, outclassed the man from Port Alfred, whose record dropped to 6-6-1, including six stoppage wins. Ngema improved to 8-3, with five knockouts.

In a junior featherweight bout between two southpaws, Thabo Sonjica, from Duncan Village near East London, showed Pharisamo Neluvhelani from Limpopo no mercy. He knocked the visitor down with a swinging left in the second round, and nailed him again for another count in the third.

When Neluvhelani went down again after two telling rights in the fourth, the referee stepped in and stopped the one-sided bout 48 seconds into the round.

Sonjica improved to 15-2, with two knockouts. Neluvhelani dropped to 9-7-1; 1.

Junior featherweight: Devnmore Dumazi knocked out Thembelani Mbingo in the third round
Bantamweight: Sithembiso Faye beat Sinethemba Stali on points over 4 rounds
Mini-flyweight: Nhlanhla Ngamntwini knocked out Msindisi Mathibe in the first round
Junior featherweight: Sithembile Luzipho beat Godfrey Nemukongwe on points over six
Junior lightweight: Xolani Mcotheli beat Hlanga Kanzi by tko in the third round.

The tournament was presented by Mzi Mnguni of Eyethu Promotions and broadcast live on SuperSport.



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