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Action worth fans' money

By unknown | Jun 02, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

About 3000 boxing fans, who paid between R90 and R290 to gain entry to the Centre Court at Emperors Palace for the Golden Gloves "Fists of Steel" tournament on Saturday night, got value for their money from this breathtaking tournament.

Bankrolled by Gree Air Conditioners, action began with Zolile Mbityi, who spoiled the party by winning the IBO junior bantamweight vacant title against Hawk Makepula, who was bidding for a fourth title.

Makepula, a former WBU and WBO junior flyweight and IBO flyweight champion, announced his retirement.

Osborne Machimana overpowered Myan Solomons in five rounds to retain the SA heavyweight belt.

Daniel Bruwer, 23, pummelled Anthony van Niekerk, 34, who was rescued by referee Tony Nyangiwe with only 38 seconds remaining in the 12th round, to retain the SA light heavyweight title.

Then followed Silence Mabuza against a tough as nails Damien Marchiano for the IBO bantamweight strap in which the latter went down in round four.

A well-executed combination, followed by a stinging straight right sent Marchiano flying to the canvass in the fifth round and it was all over. Fight fans left the Centre Court satisfied.


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