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Boxing | South Africa

Tommy Oosthuizen © Gallo Images

Tommy wins by a mile



Tommy Oosthuizen retained his IBO super-middleweight title when he beat Fulgenico Zuniga on points at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night.

The scores were 119-109 on two cards and 120-108.

Oosthuizen, making the sixth defence of his title, improved his record to 21-0-1, with 13 knockouts. The Colombian dropped to 25-6-1, with 22 short-cut wins.

Zuniga, who was outclassed throughout the bout, gave Oosthuizen a few things to think about before his next fight, concentration and defence being two of them. Spending some time on improving the effectiveness of his right hand may also be a good idea.

The champion did not look as sharp as in some of his previous bouts and at times failed to show his opponent the respect he deserved.

Zuniga relied on roundhouse swings and tried to stay close to Oosthuizen but stopped too many lefts with his head.

Going 12 rounds must have had some benefits for Oosthuizen. He probably needed the workout and should learn several lessons from watching recordings of SuperSport’s coverage of the bout.

Trainer Harold Volbrecht told Oosthuizen after the fourth round not to take “unnecessary” punches but his charge promptly collected a series of damaging blows in the fifth before inflicting some damage of his own.

The southpaw champion, now 24 years old, won the vacant IBO belt in March last year when he stopped Evert Bravo in the ninth round.

He has won only two of his past seven fights inside the distance, which may tell something about the weight he puts behind that left hand.

Fulgencio, 35, has been a professional for 11 years. He won the vacant IBO super-middleweight belt in September 2007 when he stopped Victor Organov in the ninth round.

The challenger had also gone the distance with world champions Denis Inkin, Lucien Bute and Tavoris Cloud. But the future does not hold much more for him.

LIEBENBERG UNSTOPPABLE

Ryno Liebenberg enhanced his popularity by knocking Donald Kampamba cold in the ninth round of a bout for the IBO All-Africa light-heavyweight title.

Liebenberg knocked the Zambian down in the first and third rounds and finished him off with three devastating left hooks. The bout was over after 1 minute 57 seconds of the ninth.

Kampamba needed several minutes of medical attention before he was able to leave the ring.

Liebenberg is now undefeated after 10 fights of which 7 did not go the distance. Kampamaba stands at 6-4-1.

Earlier Gideon Buthelezi made heavy weather of beating Edrin Dapudong in a fight for the vacant IBO junior bantamweight title. Two judges scored the bout 115-112 and 115-113 for the South African. The third had the Filipino ahead 114-113 after the 12 rounds.

Buthelezi, 26, improved his record to 13-3 and Dupadong dropped to 27-5.

In a junior welterweight four-rounder, Allan Bouwer beat Vusi Balinkulu on a majority decision -- 39-37 on two cards against 38-38 on the third.



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