Mthalane on track for IBF title eliminator

Moruti 'Baby Face' Mthalane was crowned IBF international flyweight champion after he stopped Filipino fighter Ardin Diale on Friday night. / ANTONIO MUCHAVE
Moruti 'Baby Face' Mthalane was crowned IBF international flyweight champion after he stopped Filipino fighter Ardin Diale on Friday night. / ANTONIO MUCHAVE

Promoter Tshele Kometsi says he will start negotiating with the IBF for newly crowned IBF international flyweight champion Moruti "Baby Face" Mthalane to fight for the actual IBF title eliminator.

Mthalane stopped Ardin Diale of the Philippines in two rounds for the vacant international title in the main bout of Kometsi's bill at Mmabatho Convention Centre on Friday. Expectations are that Mthalane - who was is rated No 9 - will be given a top-five spot.

"I will be talking to both IBF president Darryl Peoples and Championship Committee chairman Lindsey Tucker regarding Mthalane's future," said Kometsi yesterday. "If all goes well, Moruti should be involved in a title elimination bout early next year and get back to the contention to challenge champion Donnie Nietes."

Koos Sibiya dug deep in his arsenal to eventually overcome Malawian Crispin Molliat in a 10- rounder, while Ronald Malindi stopped Lihle Gingxana in the third round.

Michael Mokoena stopped Gift Bholo in the 10th round of their impressive bout.

At Ngoako Ramatlhodi Sports Complex in Seshego, Polokwane, the career of ill-prepared Tsiko "Cruel Junior" Mulovhedzi took a nose dive when he lost the IBF intercontinental welterweight belt to Hungarian Laszlo Toth on points over 12 rounds.

Thompson Mokwana retained his SA lightweight belt on points against Prince Dlomo.

Action began on Thursday night at Ferdi Meyer Hall in Welkom, Free State, where Bukiwe "Anaconda" Nonina retained her WBF bantamweight belt on points against Matshidiso Mokebisi.

Promoter Andre Thysse said Nonina could defend against highly rated Australian Shannon O'Connell in December.

Sihle "The Sting" Jelwane was crowned the new Free State flyweight champion after knocking out defending champ Gift Pilane in the third round, while Nkopane Mokoena knocked Thamsanqa Cele out in the second round.

Doctor Ntsele stopped Cebo Ngema in the sixth round of the tournament that was staged by Skylon Promotion of Promise "Iron Lady" Moyo.

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