Future Boxing Promotions of Reggie Hilmer and Gavin Hope staged yet another successful tournament at Don Mateman Hall in Eldorado Park at the weekend.
And, their charge Thabiso Mchunu, from KwaZulu-Natal, did not disappoint in the first defence of his national junior heavyweight belt.
"The Rock" proved tough to break against Sean "The Hammer" Santana. Nothing spectacular in terms of talent was on display.
These two ring gladiators are still wet behind their ears but they showed promise that with time they could go far.
When it comes to physique, Mchunu, 20, is more of governor Arnold Schwarzenegger than Terminator Schwarzenegger, but the youngster from Cato Ridge in Pietermaritzburg looked soft for his biggest test as a champion.
Mchunu was gutsy and, together with Santana, of Potchefstroom, gave about 300 fans their money's worth with six rounds of action.
In the end, which was the beginning of the seventh round, Mchunu retained his belt via a technical stoppage. Santana's bad gash above his right eye, which he sustained in the fourth round, bled profusely.
Acting on the advice of a ringside doctor, referee Sazi Xamlashe stopped the fight before the start of the seventh round.
That was Mchunu's fifth short-route win from as many fights, while Santana suffered his second stoppage, against three wins which were all by stoppages. Santana earned the right to challenge for the national title by stopping former SA, IBO and WBU champion Sebastiaan Rothmann in five rounds last month.
Bhekimpilo Mlilo (Gauteng) beat Thulani Magagula (Mpumalanga) TKO 2; Owen MacKay (Eldorado Park) beat Michael Maseko (Mpumalanga) on points over 4 rounds; Sam Sithole (Mpumalanga) beat Clement Somers (Eldorado Park) TKO 4; Winston Khontoshe (North West) and Sipho Nkadimeng (Gauteng) drew over 6 rounds; and Page Tshesane (Mpumalanga) beat Andrew Mathiya (Gauteng) TKO 6.