By Ron Jackson
In only his fifth fight as a professional, Azinga Fuzile outthought and outgunned the rather tame Macbute Sinyabi to win the South African featherweight title on a unanimous 12 rounds points decision before a packed Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night.
Judge Simphiwe Mbini scored it 117-110 and judges Andile Matika and Lulama Mtya had it 118-109 and 117-109.
After a slow start with both fighters doing very little in the first round which I scored even I battled to find another round for Sinyabi of Mdantsane.
Weighing in at 3.49kg over the featherweight limit at the pre-fight medical it was expected the Fuzile from Duncan Village would fade in the later rounds.
However, it was just the reverse as Sinyabi went down twice in the twelfth round and was saved by the bell when on rubbery legs.
The atmosphere was electric in the capacity Theatre in a fight that never rose to any heights.
The southpaw Fuzile (57.15kg) slowly worked through the gears and was in control as he commanded the centre of the ring against a rather tentative Sinyabi (56.15kg) throughout the fight.
With his dyed golden hair, Fuzile saved his best work for the last round when he sent the champion down with a left to the jaw and then knocked him down for the second time against the ropes just before the bell.
There was only going to be one winner against the rather subdued Sinyabi who never got his punches together as he appeared to battle against the southpaw stance of Fuzile.
Fuzile improved his record to 5-0; 2 and Sinyabi’s record dropped to 29-5; 20.
The referee was Allen Matakane.
NXOSHE WINS VACANT SA TITLE
Thembilani Nxoshe (50.46kg) won the vacant South African flyweight and WBO Africa titles when he stopped Mfundo Gwayana (50.50kg) in the sixth round. Time 1 minute 31 seconds.
The 26-year-old Nxoshe who was outpointed over ten rounds by the 32-year-old southpaw Gwayana in March this year gained revenge and two titles with this win.
There was very little in the fight through the first five rounds before Nxoshe staggered Gwayana with a left and right combination to the head and backed him against the ropes to land another barrage of punches before referee Clifford Mbelu stepped in to wave the fight off in the sixth round.
The unused judges were Simphiwe Mbini, Siya Vabaza – Booi and Lulama Mtya.
In a bout for the vacant IBF Youth junior featherweight title Sinethemba Bam (50.30kg) beat Phila Gola (50.55kg) on a split ten round points decision.
The scores were 96-94 twice for Bam and 96-95 for Gola.
Flyweight: Fikile Mlonyeni beat Sonwabo Twatwa, tko 5; Mini flyweight: Bongile Nyangani beat Xolisa Vukubi, tko 3.
The tournament was presented by Ayanda Matiti of Xaba promotions.