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WHILE Sabelo Jubatha reigned supreme as the South African featherweight boxing champion on Friday night, his victim, Marcel Japhta, feels the stoppage in the second round was premature.
"He caught me with one or two shots but I was standing," said Japhta after failing in his coup attempt, which, if successful, would have ended the seven-year drought of producing champions in Westbury.
"Lights Out" Japhta, who was a mandatory challenger, suffered his second defeat, first stoppage, against 12 wins and a draw. That was after being rocked with a left hook to the side of his head.
He staggered backwards until he regained his balance. Japhta desperately tried to fight back, but closing his eyes saw his punches miss the target.
Jubatha continued scoring with most of the punches he threw and referee Stephen Simon, correctly, intervened in one minute and 56 seconds.
Jubatha, who goes by the monicker "Homicide", survived a scare in the first round. His legs buckled after a stiff jab that landed squarely on his chin.
But Japhta showed no sense of urgency. Had he put more pressure, Jubatha would have kissed the canvas.
"He's got power," acknowledged the champion from Mdantsane. "I wanted to finish him early because I realised that going the full distance would be a problem for me because I had a bout of flu."
Jubatha registered the first defence of the belt he won on December 18. He improved his knockout ratio to eight from 11 wins against a defeat. His promoter S'Phatho Handi and the Nelson Mandela Promoters jointly staged this fight at Nangoza Jebe Hall, Port Elizabeth.
l Meanwhile Matima Molefe won the WBF featherweight after blowing Siyazulela Ziqula away in the fourth round. Yours truly followed action from Blow by Blow.