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DELIGHTED fans were already on their feet last Friday night when Patrick Malinga closed the show in round two but they suffered through some dull moments to get there.
Malinga, for the most part, scored few clean shots. He was even wilder than usual, mixing fewer straight punches into his roundhouse repertoire.
His fight against an unknown Tanzanian, Malik Kinyogoli, at Nivarna Secondary School in Lenasia, was filled with fouls and the two fighters complained about this as they grappled and shoved each other down to the canvass in the first round.
It seemed referee Thabo Spampool was heading for a field night separating them.
The "Hammer", as Malinga is nicknamed, came out blasting at the bell in the second round. A perfect left hook to the jaw sent Kinyogoli tumbling to the canvass.
He got up but stumbled over his feet. Spampool reached the full count of 10 while the visitor was still trying to find himself. It was over in one minute and eleven seconds into the second round.
That was Malinga's 25th stoppage in 28 wins against a five defeats while the Tanzanian who was given space and time to show his mettle, suffered his fifth defeat from 13 fights.
This fight topped Future Promotion's six-bout card which was presented by Reggie Hilman and Gain Hope in the south of Johannesburg.
Earlier on, Sean Santana suffered a third-round stoppage against Ilungu Makabu from DR Congo. The fight was stopped due a bad cut in the eye caused by a punch.
But before the stoppage Santana had taken pounding from the foreigner whose skills are honed on these shores by Nick Durandt.
Earlier on, Early Strydom, whose physical conditioning resembled that of a washed-up fighter, made a stunning debut, stopping Ali Franks in the second round of their super middleweight clash scheduled for four rounds.
Junior lightweight: Nkosinathi Ntshangase beat Ayanda Phiri and Sibusiso Mkhwanazi defeated Johannes Matsega on points four rounds later.