Classy performance by Fuzile wins SA title

By Togorashi

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.


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.

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Shocker: Dominguez KOs “Payasito” in four

By Togorashi

In a huge upset, unheralded super bantamweight Emmanuel “Veneno” Dominguez (19-5-2, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round knockout against WBO #5, WBC #5, WBA #10 bantamweight and former WBO interim champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (31-11-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. Dominguez ripped a left hook to the liver of Hernandez that put him on his hands and knees for the full ten. Time was 1:20. Dominguez claimed Hernandez’ Mexican domestic super bantamweight title with the win.

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Petrov punishes and stops Perez in WBA lightweight eliminator

By toshiro

By David Robinett at ringside

In the Estrella TV main event from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, lightweight Petr Petrov, (38-4-2, 18 KOs), ran his winning streak to six fights, earning a stoppage victory over Michael Perez, (24-2-2, 11 KOs), when Perez’s corner called the fight off after the bell to end round six of a scheduled twelve-round bout. The fight was sanctioned as a WBA Lightweight eliminator and with the win, Petrov is next in line to fight for the WBA lightweight title against the winner of the rematch between current champion Jorge Linares and former champion Anthony Crolla.

Both fighters circled the ring working behind their jab in round one but Petrov was a little busier and appeared to take the round. In round two, Petrov landed a right hook that seemed to cause a brief delayed wobble by Perez, and then moments later another right hook to the head dropped Perez. Perez rose from the canvas but looked shaky and was bleeding over his right eye. Some sharp body shots and another right hook hurt Perez late in the round but the bell rang before Petrov could finish him. Petrov continued to rock Perez in round three, but Perez was able to tie up Petrov more effectively and get through the round without another knockdown. However Perez’s right eye continued to deteriorate, with a cut below the eye to go along with the previous cut above it.

By round four, Perez seemed to weather the worst of the storm, and was able to trade body punches with Petrov in the pocket without looking worse for the wear. But Perez’s second wind was short lived, as Petrov continued to outwork Perez and wear him down, mixing effective head shots with several digging body shots each round. By the end of round six Perez looked resigned to defeat, hanging in there but eating a lot of leather and not firing back much in return. Perez’s corner confirmed it with the stoppage between rounds. With the win, Petrov stamps himself as one of the division’s elite, having lost only twice in the last eight years, to Marco Maidana and current WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin.

Amateur standout Genaro Gamez, the 2014 USA Boxing National Champion at lightweight, scored a video game knockout in the evening’s co-main event, sending fellow lightweight Vernon Alston, (9-7-1, 7 KOs), through the ropes and out of the ring in the first round. Gamez started quickly, wobbling Alston early with the right hand and then knocking him down moments later with the left. Alston, coming off a 15-month layoff, did not appear badly hurt, but Gamez jumped all over him when the action resumed. Backing Alston against the ropes, Gamez sent Alston slumping through the ropes with a left hook to the head, and then a second left hook put Alston clear through and onto the scorer’s table. Alston struggled back into the ring in bad shape but referee Tony Crebs waved it off without finishing the count. Time of the stoppage in the scheduled six-round bout was 1:30. Gamez may have competed in the 2016 Olympics if not for some controversial boxing politics, and a performance like this shows that he is one to watch in the coming months.

Welterweight prospect Alexis Rocha, (5-0, 4 KOs), made quick work of Colbert Lozoya, (7-14, 0 KOs), dropping him for the full count of ten in the opening round. Time of the knockout was 1:40. Rocha, the younger brother of current WBC Silver Featherweight champion Ronny Rios, opened the bout with a left uppercut that snapped Lozoya’s head back and it didn’t get easier for Lozoya from there. The end came courtesy of a double right hand, left hand combination to the head that dropped Lozoya into an awkward heap under the bottom rope. Continue reading Petrov punishes and stops Perez in WBA lightweight eliminator

Mike Lee stays unbeaten, defeats Traietti

By toshiro

By Craig Wick at ringside

In a battle for the IBF-USBA light heavyweight titles, Notre Dame alumnus and ‘Subway’ pitchman, Mike Lee (18-0, 10 KOs) took a crowd pleasing, hard fought ten-round decision over the gritty Chris Traietti (21-4, 17 KOs) Quincy, MA. Other than a right hand to the head midway through the second that briefly dropped Traietti, neither fighter found themselves on the deck. The majority of the contest was fought at tight quarters, with the power of Lee the difference in most of the exchanges. Traietti, as gritty and determined as they come, battled through a possible broken nose in round five to make things interesting down the stretch. At the end, however, the combination punching and power by Lee simplified the scoring, with two judges seeing it 99-90 and the third carding it 98-91, all for Lee. Excellent effort by both men.

Highly touted Chicago prospect, Ed “Bad Boy” Brown, took out Robert Acevedo (13-17-3, 1 KO) Union City, NJ in the third round of a scheduled junior welterweight eight. Brown took two rounds to find the range, however when he did, a crushing right hand to the head was all it took, spinning Acevedo around in his own corner, unable to continue. Time of the stoppage was 1:43. With the win, Brown improves to 19-0, 16 KOs.

In the CBS Sports Network televised opener, middleweights scheduled for eight, Alantez “Slyaza” Fox (21-0-1, 10 KOs) Forestville, MD collapsed Colombian Ronald Montes (17-4, 15 KOs) with a left hook to the body in round two and that was all she wrote. Time of the stoppage was 2:59. Fox looks to have the goods and will be interesting to watch going forward.

Kicking off tonight’s non-televised, preliminary action from the UIC Forum in Chicago, Martez McGregor, hailing from nearby Maywood, IL, improved to 3-0, 3 KOs after a 21 second, opening round blowout of overmatched Rick Reed (0-3) Saint Joseph, MO. Scheduled for four, Reed was “dropped” from a combination to the head shortly after the opening bell and immediately signaled that he was checking out for the night. Mr. Reed would do well to consider another source of income.

The opener was the lead in to CBS Sports Network’s live coverage (9:00 pm ET) of the Alantez Fox – Ronald Montes middleweight clash followed by the battle for the IBF-USBA light heavyweight title pitting Notre Dame alumnus and ‘Subway’ pitchman, Mike Lee (17-0, 10 KOs) against Chris Traietti (21-3, 17 KOs) of Quincy, MA. Billed as “Forum Fights 1,” tonight’s action is being presented by Round 3 Productions in association with DiBella Entertainment and Hitz Boxing.

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Early results from Las Vegas

By toshiro

Undefeated welterweight John Vera (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Milorad Zizic (12-1, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC). In round two Vera knocked down Zizic twice. The referee called off the fight.

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Weights from New Zealand

By toshiro

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Dave Cameron

New Zealand hevayweight Joseph Parker is relishing “fighting like a small man” as he looks to get past massive Russian Alexander Dimitrenko to keep his world title dream alive.

The size of the assignment in front of Parker was there for all to see on Friday when the official weigh-in was held at the Manukau Events Centre, the venue for Saturday night’s fight.

Parker will give away over 15 pounds to Dimitrenko. Parker tipped the scales 240.3 while Dimitrenko weighed 253.8

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Weights from Trenton

By toshiro

Chazz Witherspoon 235 vs. Carlos Sandoval 247
Mike Hilton 198 vs. Brandon Robinson 182
Tommy Rainone 150 vs. Engleberto Valenzuela 147
Donald Smith 126 vs. Brandon Lopez 124
Andy Gonzalez 153 vs. Lionel Charles 150
Quain Davis 250 vs. Jonathan Hafely 326
LeShawn Rodriquez 156 vs. Courtney McCleve 156
Bryan Daniels 198.25 vs. Joshua Flores 198
Solomon Maye 221 vs. Jemorris Jones 210

Venue: Sun National Bank Center
Promoter: Boss Lady Promotions

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