Hlatshwayo in seventh heaven

take that: South Africa's Isaac Hlatshwayo punches Delvin Rodriguez of the US in their IBF Welterweight Eliminator fight which Hlatshwayo won on a split decision at Emperor's Palace in Ekurhuleni. Pic: SYDNEY SESHIBEDI. 17/11/2009. © Sunday Times.
take that: South Africa's Isaac Hlatshwayo punches Delvin Rodriguez of the US in their IBF Welterweight Eliminator fight which Hlatshwayo won on a split decision at Emperor's Palace in Ekurhuleni. Pic: SYDNEY SESHIBEDI. 17/11/2009. © Sunday Times.

Isaac "Angel" Hlatshwayo flapped his wings into heaven. This after this God-fearing fighter sent Delvin "The Devil" Rodriguez to hell.

Isaac "Angel" Hlatshwayo flapped his wings into heaven. This after this God-fearing fighter sent Delvin "The Devil" Rodriguez to hell.

They fought for the IBF welterweight title which Hlatshwayo won via a split decision on Sunday morning.

Two judges voted for this Nick Durandt trained fighter with 116-113 and 116-112 while their colleague 's card read 115-113 for Delvin who had predicted a stoppage win against the man he drew with in their first fight here in November last year.

The fight was presented by Rodriguez' promoter's Star Promotions at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville.

Hlatshwayo, of Shisase Village in Limpopo was not given the chance against this Dominican Republic born fighter who is now based in Connecticut.

This was his greatest achievement to date. Hlatshwayo, 32. Now his CV reads 29 wins, a loss and a no contest. He has proved to be a good traveller.

In October 2008, Hlatshwayo silenced hostile Australians defeating Robert Medley.

His only negative result outside home was against Kendall Holt for the vacant WBO NABO light welterweight title in 2006. Hlatshwayo kissed the canvass in round nine, eleven and twelve.

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