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By Bongani Magasela 2009 BSA boxing writer of the year | Apr 29, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

TO say Flo "Demolition Man" Simba and Thomas "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen were awesome in their fights against Wiseman Dlomo and Saul Roman at Emperors Palace on Tuesday night would be an understatement.

Their eye-catching displays by the boxers kept more than 600 adoring fans at the Palace's Theatre of Marcellus on the edge of their seats throughout their contests.

Simba is Boxing SA's 2009 prospect of the year, while Oosthuizen is  the  reigning WBA Pan African super middleweight king.

Dlomo, who faced Simba, enjoyed a weight advantage of more 30kg over his foe but could not use it to his benefit. He weighed more than 122kg compared with Simba's 90,50kg.

The champion stood in front of him and they exchanged heavy leather until he stopped Dlomo in the sixth round of their heavyweight fight.

Simba's CV reads four wins and four stoppages after Tuesday night's confrontation with pretender Dlomo.

Oosthuizen treated Roman so cruelly that the Mexicans will probably identify him as public enemy No 1.

The South African hit him  with heavy punches from the first gong until Roman folded 35 seconds into the eighth round.

Oosthuizen remains undefeated after 13 fights with 10 stoppages.

The fans also enjoyed watching Johnny Muller, an always rough-and-tumble fighter, painstakingly boxing behind his left jab while keeping Papi Mogenda at a distance to win over six rounds in the heavyweight division.

Muller was making his debut under acclaimed trainer  Harold Volbrecht and Golden Gloves Promotions (GGP) on the night.

 Muller's slate remained clean at six wins (4 KOs) and a stalemate.

Bongani "Sweet Pie" Dlamini also stole the limelight when he erupted like a volcano.

Dlamini, under new trainer Elias Tshabalala,  tore Takalani Dangale to shreds with vicious blows from the first round until Dangale crumbled 57 seconds into the third round.

Tshabalala also guided Zolani "The Untouchable" Marali to a majority points win against  the always competitive Kgotla "Bang Bang" Baeti over 10 rounds in the lightweight division.

That was Marali's come-back fight after he was knocked out in the fourth-round by Mlungisi Dlamini for the IBO belt in October.

Generally it was a great evening of boxing and fans left the imposing Ekurhuleni arena still looking for more fights.


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