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Trainer Mofu mad at Mashego's loss to champion Vuma

By unknown | Mar 28, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Trainer Wilson Mofu has bid boxing goodbye.

His decision is motivated by what he termed the "broad daylight robbery" of his charge Tshepo Mashego, who failed to reclaim the South African junior middleweight title from Vincent Vuma in Umlazi, Durban, last Sunday afternoon.

"My heart is sore. I am leaving this game," he said in a dispirited voice. "I cannot take it any longer."

He said Mashego controlled the fight for 10 full rounds but lost the last two rounds.

"That does not warrant Vuma [winning] the decision," said Mofu, who took a swipe at judge Sipho Zondo, who had Vuma as the winner by four points.

"I don't understand why was that guy used because there is still a case of dubious scoring pending against him," he said.

Other scorecards read 115-115 and 115-114, in Vuma's favour.

Zondo was involved in the scandalous scoring of the South African lightweight title fight between champion Irvin Buhlalu (who appeared the clear loser) and Benedict Dlamini in Durban on December 11 last year.

But a number of reputed boxing mentors, who asked for anonymity, said Vuma was a deserving winner on Sunday.

They said Nick Durandt's charge fought cleverly, using his jab when Mashego expected Vuma to get involved in a slug fest. But they questioned Zondo's four-point margin.

Mofu's other charges, the vastly experienced Anthony Tshehla and Lawrence Ngobeni, were defeated by their Namibian foes recently.

Tshehla was stopped in eight rounds by Paulos Moses for the WBA Inter-Continental lightweight title.

Ngobeni was outpointed by Jason Naule for the WBA Pan African junior welterweight title.


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