Malinga batters Dipheko

ONE of the sporting world's tired clichés is the one about the irresistible force meeting an immovable object.

ONE of the sporting world's tired clichés is the one about the irresistible force meeting an immovable object.

That is precisely how this writer labelled Sam Malinga versus Pius Dipheko going into their 12- rounder for the WBO All Africa title on Saturday night.

Coming out of the fight, presented by Rainbow Promotions at Wembley Arena, however, the cliché got an interesting twist.

Over the course of only five gruelling rounds Malinga proved himself to be both the irresistible force and immovable object.

The plan for Dipheko, a brilliant mover, seemed to have been to tag Malinga as he moved in. But too many experts in Dipheko's corner, who were shouting conflicting instructions, messed up the game plan. He was also guilty of listening to them and ignoring his cornermen.

They advised him to trade punches with Malinga and he obliged. That was the end. Malinga battered Dipheko, who kissed the canvas in the beginning of round five.

The supremely conditioned Dipheko got up and again mixed it with Malinga, who deposited him on the canvas again.

That knockdown was ruled a slip but Dipheko indicated that he had had enough when Malinga rushed in for the kill.

Malinga improved his knockout ratio to 13 from 21 wins, four losses and two draws while Dipheko suffered his third defeat against five victories. In the main supporting bout earlier on, Bully "Bulldozer" Muravha outboxed Wiseman Dlomo over six rounds in a heavyweight bout.

Meanwhile, fans were on the edge of their seats in two thrilling bouts that featured Sydney Maluleka against Sabelo Nokhele and Godfrey Nzimande against Stanford Mabasa.

Maluleka stopped Nokhele in the fourth round while, Nzimande stopped Mabasa in two. Jerry Nekhubvhe outpointed Amon Baloyi over six rounds.

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