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Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

PATRICK Malinga's eargerness to end his fight with Mzolisi Yoyo at the Multi-Purpose Hall at Finetown in Lenasia on Friday night even before it started almost backfired.

Either Malinga wanted to live up to his monicker, "The Hammer", or this warrior from Katlehong in Ekurhuleni, was just too confident.

He looked terrible. Granted, every champion in any sporting code wants to show their superiority, but that has to be done in a rather calligraphic manner.

Malinga started well, fighting behind a left jab that made way for his famous right hand that has left 19 of his 22 victims gasping for air, but lasted for less than a minute.

He tactlessly walked through Yoyo, and let loose an avalanche of poorly-directed power punches and got away with a potential set back.

The Mdantsane challenger had already lost the fight, due to stage fright, fighting in front of about 3 000 fans, including school children, all cheering for the champion.

Yoyo hit the deck and was in fact saved by the bell. A straight right on the jaw in round two sent him tumbling to the canvass.

Referee Thabo Spampool, who should have stopped this brutality in the first round intervened, confirming Malinga's first defence of the South African lightweight belt that he won last year.

Malinga improved his knockout ratio to 23 against five defeats, which were stoppages.

Yoyo suffered his third defeat from 19 fights. This fight topped the Future Promotions' six-bout card.

Earlier on, Cleutus Mbele and Tendai Munyai's fight was due to a bad cut above Mbele's left eye.

These two youngsters bumped heads accidentally in the first round.

Meanwhile, Themba Lesiba claimed the vacant Gauteng junior featherweight title against Moses Mahashe with a single punch.

Other results: Junior bantamweight: Pietrus Motlapema beat Thabo Manape on points; featherweight: Ayanda Phiri beat Mpho Babe on points; super middleweight: Allie Franks beat Quit Soeker on points.


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