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Boxing | South Africa

Johnny Muller © Gallo Images

KO wins for Joyi, Ryno and Muller



Nkosinathi Joyi was as good as ever as he demolished Benezer Alolod from the Philippines to claim the WBC international light-flyweight title on Saturday night.

Joyi knocked out the champion after 2 minutes 48 seconds of the ninth round with a left hook as good as any seen in a SA ring this year.

Alodod did well to get into the second half of the fight at Emperors Palace near Johannesburg but it was always going to end the way it did.

The Filipino is an excellent little boxer but does not have the punching power of the South African. He was in serious trouble several times before the sixth round, even though he landed with a good many clean blows.

With only two knockouts in his professional career, he never threatened the more experienced man from Mdantsane, East London.

Joyi, 30 years old, was clinical as he traded punches with his fellow-southpaw and made his power tell from the opening round.

The former IBO strawweight champion had gained in power by moving up in weight. His record now stands at 24-2, with one no-contest and 17 wins inside the distance.

The 22-year-old Alodod, who had won the vacant title by beating Ryu Onigashima in the fifth round in September last year, dropped to 12-5-4, with only two knockouts.

LIEBENBERG WINS IN FIRST ROUND

Ryno Liebenberg knocked out Gabriel Ramirez in the first round to win the vacant WBC international light-heavyweight title.

Ramirez, from Argentina, was knocked down within the first 100 seconds and the fight was over after 1 minute and 58 seconds.

The South African must have soured in the estimation of experts who draw up rankings lists as he went in for the kill as soon as the first bell rang.

Liebenberg is unbeaten after a 13 fights, of which he won nine inside the distance. The 32-year-old Ramirez stands at 13-5-1; 7.

REVENGE FOR MULLER

Earlier, Johnny Muller stopped Tshepang Mohale in the 11th round to claim the SA light-heavyweight title.

Muller led throughout the fight before tagging the champion with a right and finishing the job with a combination that convinced referee Tony Nyangiwe to stop the onslaught 2 minutes 28 seconds into the round.

Muller, 22, clearly learned much from his third-round stoppage defeat in their previous fight in June 2011. He held his hands high and let his jab do most of the work to keep the champion on the back foot.

Mohale was disappointing. He failed to use his height advantage, hardly threw a left hook and was utterly one-dimensional in everything he did.

He tried to tie Muller up with his long tentacle-like arms but his poor work rate and inaccuracy allowed the challenger to move forward throughout the bout.

Harold Volbrecht, Muller’s trainer, was spot on when he said after the fight his charge still had a lot to learn. He promised that Muller would improve even more during the next few months.

Muller improved his record to 14-3-2, with 11 knockouts. Mohale’s dropped to 9-7; 8.



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