Young boxers light up the ring

IT WILL be a very merry Christmas for twinkling fighters Morne Botha, Flo Simba, Ashley Dlamini, Joey Stiglingh, Grant Fourie and Jason Bedeman, who ended the year in style.

IT WILL be a very merry Christmas for twinkling fighters Morne Botha, Flo Simba, Ashley Dlamini, Joey Stiglingh, Grant Fourie and Jason Bedeman, who ended the year in style.

They won their fights at Emperors Palace on Monday night at a box-and-dine presented by Jeff Ellis's African Ring promotions.

Ellis auctioned various sporting memorabilia to diners to raise funds for his ailing brother Ron, a former KwaZulu-Natal heavyweight champion, and Kerryn Roodt, 20, who is paralysed from the waist down after he was shot during a robbery two months ago.

Though the cause was a serious one, the boxerslightened up the proceedings.

Simba, Dlamini, Bedeman and Stephen Castle won via stoppages while Bothma, Stiglingh and Grant Fourie deservedly won their fights on points. Simba stopped Thato Tholano in one round, Dlamini pulverised Balangani Ndou into submission in three rounds and Bedeman blew Joe Modise away in one round.

Castle overpowered Khayeni Hlungwane in three rounds while Botha, a capable fighter and a thinker, made a resounding professional debut by defeating Nhlanhla Mnguni over four rounds.

Stiglingh punished Stephen Ntshingila over four rounds.

Mbuso Ndlela, a dark horse who was assumed to be a stepping stone, upset the applecart by blasting Kyle Smith away in three rounds.

The star of the night was Fourie. The "Fireball", appearing for the first time under the management of his father and trainer Louis Fourie, and assistant trainer John Kriege, was outstanding in his six-rounder against Thulani Mbatha.

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