NEVER mind what top boxing trainer Manny Fernandez wants you to believe, the truth is, his charge Simon Mokoena is finished as a professional boxer.
This 39-year-old fighter was once a warrior, but his time is up and he must jump.
He must hang up his gloves while he is still in his senses.
Mokoena had nothing to offer throughout six rounds against David Kitioke except a sign of tiresome. The fight was staged at Turffontein racecourse.
Mokoena went down in round three. He got up and broke all the rules of boxing by holding and hitting, but still that did not help him. Every punch that razed his head buckled his legs.
Mokoena, who made his professional debut in 1991 with no silverware to show for it, suffered his 20th defeat (9 KOs) against 16 wins and five draws. Kitioke, 31, on the other hand, registered his 11th win.
Meanwhile, Grant "Fireball" Fourie registered a deserved unanimous points win over Standford Mabasa over six rounds. But the bout that thrilled diners in this box-and-dine tournament was a four rounder between Prince Ndlovu and Nkosinathi Ntshangase.
It was a clean-fought battle. Both fighters gave their best, but Ndlovu was just too smart as he cruised to a unanimous points win.
Later in the night, Rudy Bruwer was confused and frustrated when referee Amos Lusenga, acting on the doctor's advise, stopped his fight with Gonorenda Chamunorwa in the fifth round after an accidental clash of heads which left Bruwer with a nasty cut.
l At the Orient Theatre in East London, Nkqubela "Ike" Gwazela reclaimed the national bantamweight belt from Klaas "Iron Man" Mboyane with a unanimous points decision.