six-time world champion boxer Cassius "Hitman" Baloyi made an impressive comeback to the ring, winning his 12 rounder against Roberto Arrieta at Wembley Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night.
Baloyi last fought in April when he surrendered the IBF junior lightweight belt. He was demolished by Malcolm "The Stone" Klassen over seven rounds.
On Friday Baloyi, fighting for the first time under new trainer Manny Fernandez, looked a completely new fighter, a better boxer all round. A counter-puncher by nature, Baloyi was on the offensive through all 12 rounds. He turned Arrieta around beautifully when he found himself in the corner, though he did not punish the Argentinian.
Baloyi's usual speed, timing and patience was there. He literally won this fight with his lightning fast jab. Arrieta's intention was to land a haymaker but he spent too much time waiting for the opportunity, which did not present itself.
Judges Davis Paris of England, Isaac Tshabalala and Wally Snowball all scored the fight 120-107 confirming Baloyi as number two in the IBF junior lightweight ratings. Earlier in this Branco Sports bill, Michael van Heerden stopped Theophilus Mpakane in the seventh round to win the Gauteng provincial junior middleweight title.
Michael Schultz's right uppercut to the jaw lifted Samuel Mathebula off the canvass. It was Schultz's second win since his comeback last month.