Novice Ndongeni wins SA title
Nine-fight novice Xolisani Ndongeni beat Godfrey Nzimande to win the SA junior lightweight title in East London on Sunday afternoon.
Ndongeni won the fight against the fancied and more experienced Nzimande on points – 119-109 on two cards and 119-110.
The 22-year-old Ndongeni improved his record to 10-0, including seven wins inside the distance, as he dominated the bout at the Orient Theatre.
The 31-year-old Nzimande, whose record dropped to 28-4-1; 21, is a former SA champion and also held the World Boxing Foundation junior lightweight title. But he was never in the fight as Ndongeni took charge from the opening bell.
Both fighters were cut over their eyes but the cuts were never a factor. The younger Ndongeni, who weighed 58.90 kg, outboxed and outclassed Nzimande (58.35 kg) throughout.
A sluggish Nzimande spent most of the fight following his slick opponent around the ring, swinging wildly and missing most of the time.
The challenger used his longer reach and height advantage well as he jabbed away at the champion, beating him to the punch and scoring with combinations to finish a popular winner in front of his home crowd.
Mini-flyweight: Siyabonga Siyo stopped Sinethemba Ralane in the second round and Nhlanhla Ngamntwini beat Malibongwe Mntusanto on points over six.
Junior bantam: Sithembiso Faye beat Wiseman Kega on points over six rounds.
Junior lightweight: Baxolise Mbhexeshi stopped Jarrome Essay in the second round;
Wonga Mhlana stopped Mudau Tshifhiwa in the second and Xolani Mcotheli stopped Mzwananene Ngcayi in the fifth.
The tournament was presented by Mzi Mnguni of Eyethu Boxing Promotions.