Joyi tears into Filipino

Nkosinathi Joyi knocked out Philippines challenger Gabriel Pumar in 29 seconds to retain his International Boxing Organisation mini-flyweight crown at Great Centenary Hall in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.

Nkosinathi Joyi knocked out Philippines challenger Gabriel Pumar in 29 seconds to retain his International Boxing Organisation mini-flyweight crown at Great Centenary Hall in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.

After more than a year of inactivity, Joyi showed no signs of rustiness.

Joyi's hand-speed was the difference between the two southpaw fighters, who tore into each other in the packed hall.

The Filipino was made to pay dearly every time he threw a punch as Joyi would reply with incessant bombs, driving Pumar around the ring.

Unable to deal with the pressure, Pumar circled the ring while Joyi advanced menacingly and was always ready to strike.

After landing right-left combinations to the face, Joyi staggered Pumar towards his corner, where a left uppercut to the solar plexus and a ramrod right hook in the midsection slumped Pumar to the canvas.

The Filipino tried to get up but the effort was too much as his body refused to respond while referee Phil Austin from Australia counted him out.

Joyi, who is still unbeaten in 18 bouts with 13 stoppages, is possibly the country's hottest property at the moment.

He did not deserve the long lay-off he was subjected to when his former promoter Rodney Berman and his current manager Siphatho Handi could not agree over his promotional contract.

"I was eager to show people that I am still one of the best," he said. "No fighter in the mini-flyweight division can take my punch." - Sapa

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