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Gare's long title drought is over

By unknown | Feb 26, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Perseverance paid off for William "Dynamite" Gare, who finally won an international title after three failed attempts.

He failed to impress the international world in his bid for the WBU middleweight and the WBF junior middleweight and super middleweight belts some years ago.

But the extremely talented Sowetan, the national super middleweight champion whose skills are honed by Johnny du Plooy, soldiered on and his persistence paid dividends on Saturday.

Enjoying territorial advantage in Bloemfontein, Gare, whose fight was promoted by Blacky Seoe of Robs Promotions at the City Hall, became the WBF super middleweight champion by stopping Samoan Maselino Masoe, a former WBA middleweight champion, in four rounds.

The fight pitted two vastly experienced gladiators against each other and the fight could be compared to a chess match as both fighters painstakingly waited to punish the other for any wrong move.

But Gare, 32, upped his game and landed a swift barrage of punches that sent Maselino, 10 years his senior, reeling against the ropes. English referee Micky Vann stepped in and stopped the fight.

Meanwhile, WBF lightweight champion Mlungisi "The Shark" Dlamini needed only one minute and 25 seconds to dismiss Jairo Demoura Santos. Two thunderous rights flush to the head dropped Santos and local referee Alan Matakane intervened, confirming Dlamini's 10th knockout from 17 wins.

In another fight, Rob MacLeod's fighter Tshifhiwa "Atomic Spider" Munyai overwhelmed David Roquer Ler with his class for the WBA Intercontinental bantamweight belt.

The Argentinian showed his toughness as he went the full distance, but suffered a lopsided points defeat. Scorecards were 120-108, 120-109 and 119-109.

Earlier on Bongani Mahlangu came back from the brink of defeat to force a last-minute stoppage in the 12th round over Zimbabwean Peter Pambeni for the WBA Pan African bantamweight strap.

In other results, local fighter Tshepang Mohale beat Edmos Takawira of Zimbabwe in a second round TKO, Bongani Siwisa beat Molefe Banyana on points over six rounds, and Joel Kunene beat Christopher Mayekiso on points over four rounds.


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