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Boxing | South Africa

Jeffrey Magagane and Ayanda Nkosi © Nick Lourens

Nkosi upsets Magagane to win Gauteng title



Ayanda Nkosi came back from a second-round knockdown to stop Jeffrey Magagane in the eighth round and claim the Gauteng lightweight title in front of a capacity crowd at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg on Sunday afternoon.

Both fighters came out for the first round throwing punches at a frenetic pace as they stood toe-toe, with Nkosi (60.55 kg) possibly just edging it.

Midway through the second round the southpaw Magagane (61.55 kg) dropped Nkosi against the ropes with a big left hand.

The rugged Nkosi beat the clock and came back at Magagane who went wild throwing punches at his opponent as he punched himself out. This was last round that the champion won.

The more skillful Nkosi out-boxed and out-thought him throughout the rest of the fight.

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At the end of round six the exhausted champion turned his back on Nkosi and it looked as if he wanted to give in just before the bell.

After receiving a tongue lashing from his corner man, Alan Toweel, he came out for the seventh round but this was not enough as he had nothing left and it came as no surprise when he was dumped on the canvas in the middle of ring in round eight before his corner threw in the towel.

Referee Thabo Spampool waved the fight off at 2 minute 38 seconds into the round.

Nkosi, who is trained by the Malinga camp, improved his record to 6-1, 2 and Magagane’s record dropped 6-1; 4.

In the main supporting bout Rofhiwa Maemu (57.08 kg) stopped the southpaw Simphiwo Ntsangane (56.44 kg) at 1 minute and 2 seconds of the third round. They were fighting at featherweight.

OTHER RESULTS

Junior bantamweight: Sikho Nqothole beat Andrew Gumbo, tko 2; Bantamweight: Lemohang Mapitsi beat Vusumuzi Nyawuza, pts 4; Welterweight: Faraday Mukandila, draw 4, Onke Duku; Junior middleweight: John Bopape beat Christopher Munyai, tko 2; Junior lightweight: Hloni Maboko beat Luvo Ntlebi, tko 2 and Flyweight: Nyelisani Thagambega beat Percy Mkhize tko 1.



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