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Sabelo Jubatha © Gallo Images

Maluleke grabs SA title

Sydney Maluleke has taken over the SA featherweight title by beating Sabelo Jubatha in East London.

The Johannesburg fighter caused an upset when he stopped Jubatha in the seventh round at the Orient Theatre on Sunday.

Jubatha was making the second defence of the title he won last December when stopped Simphiwe Tom in the fourth round.

In his first defence, in March this year, he beat Wonga Ntoyakhe over 12 rounds.

He started well against Maluleke, boxing from behind the jab, but Maluleka picked up the pace in the sixth round.

The challenger backed up the champion in the seventh, landing left and rights until referee Andile Matika stepped in to stop the fight.

Jubatha’s record dropped to 14-2, with 10 knockouts and the underrated Maluleka improved to a reported 11-3; 6.

It was Maluleke’s second title challenge. In February 2007, he lost over 12 rounds to Ludumo Galada in a clash for the vacant title. Galada also beat him on points over six rounds in a non-title return bout.

After that defeat, Maluleke beat Sibusiso Khumalo and Grant Fourie before stopping Khumalo in the fourth round of a return bout.


Former IBF junior lightweight champions Cassius Baloyi and Malcolm Klassen will meet in a return match at the Nasrec Arena near Johannesburg on October 14.

Baloyi is 37 years old and Klassen 30.

In their previous fight, in Mahikeng on April 18, 2009, Klassen beat Baloyi in the seventh round to win the IBF junior lightweight title.

Tsiko Mulovhetsi will make the first defence of his SA welterweight title against Kyle Smith on the Nasrec card. The tournament is promoted by Pat Molefe.


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