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Ramabolu must have his head examined

By Bongani Magasela | Oct 10, 2016 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Never mind what any gullible wordsmith waxing lyrically wants you to believe, the truth is that France "Fighting Time" Ramabolu should go for a brain scan.

That process will assist him in determining the severity of the bashing to the head for 11 rounds by reigning SA junior middleweight king Nkululeko "Bulldog" Mhlongo at Dr Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein on Friday night.

Ramabolu's bravery of preferring to lose on points rather than give up early against the man - who stopped him in 10 rounds in February - was proof of immaturity.

To make matters worse, his new trainer Vusi Mtolo was himself exposed to be still wet behind his ears as a chief corner man. Mtolo is an assistant to trainer Colin Nathan.

Ramabolu parted ways with trainer Harry Ramogoadi, and the boxer from Virginia in Free State joined Mtolo as his trainer.

Mtolo - who also trains former SA middleweight female champion Esther Mashiya at Nathan's HotBox Gym in Glenhazel, Johannesburg - was found wanting in many aspects including dealing with a cut above Ramabolu's left eye.

An experienced trainer would have thrown in the towel in the eighth round when Mhlongo knocked Ramabolu's head violently back with every punch in the book.

Scores in the end of that boring one-sided affair were 120-108 and 118-112 twice. Ramabolu claimed to have been robbed.

"I believe I won the fight; I beat this guy but the judges gave him the fight," he said, practically confirming that he must have his head examined.

He suffered his second loss against seven wins while Mhlongo - whose skills are polished by Sechaba Mabuya - improved to 15 wins in 18 bouts.

Mhlongo, the Soweto-based fighter who is originally from Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal, has defended the SA title three times, and is two defences away from becoming the rightful owner of Boxing SA belt.

Their bout topped a programme of promoter Lebo Mahoko's Dream Team Promotion.

In the main supporting bout, Tello "King Razor" Dithebe was crowned the WBF International featherweight champion after beating Rofhiwa "War Child" Maemu via a split points decision over 10 rounds.

Maemu could forfeit his No 1 spot in the national ratings while the newly crowned champion should move up from the seventh position.

In the women's bout, WBF International bantamweight holder Matshidiso "Nomeva" Mokebisi got up from the canvas in the first round to eventually register a points decision against equally competent Melissa Miller.

These bouts were part of the annual Macufe Festival.


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