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'Angel' may have smoked Makaringe

By unknown | May 14, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Isaac Hlatswayo could have ended the illustrious career of Joseph Makaringe at Emperors Palace on Saturday night.

Hlatswayo defeated Makaringe for the IBO welterweight belt via a deserved unanimous points decision of their clash.

The scorecards read 118-111, 118-114 and 117-113. That was a decisive victory for Hlatswayo who showed grit and determination to reclaim glory.

Hlatswayo, who is yet to lose a fight against a South African, was outpointed by Kendall Holt for the WBO NABO junior welterweight title in November last year.

Makaringe, the former SA welterweight king who boasts 10 defences, failed to win the WBC International title in November last year and on Saturday blew the last chance of becoming something.

He has nothing more left in his arsenal. Makaringe threw volumes of punches but the cleaner and accurate ones came from Hlatswayo.

The latter could have stopped Makaringe within the scheduled distance had he pressed forward when he had Makaringe in trouble several times.

Hlatswayo improved to 26 wins against a loss and a no contest while Makaringe dropped to four defeats against 30 victories.

Mbwana Matumla ran helter skelter but could not hide from Silence Mabuza. A vicious three-punch combination to the rib cage sent Matumla down in the fifth round and was counted out. Mabuza reclaimed the IBO bantamweight title which he forfeited in 2005 after being defeated by Rafael Marquez for the IBF belt.

Khotso Motau's displayed his power when he poleaxed Kabelo Ndlovu in one round to keep his SA middleweight belt. Grant Fourie was clinical in his first round win over Jeremia Joshua while Corrie Sanders outpointed Daniel Bispo.


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