Oosthuizen stays unbeaten, retains IBO belt

THOMAS Oosthuizen stopped Francisco Sierra from Mexico in the eleventh round to retain his IBO super-middleweight belt at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park last night. Oosthuizen coming in at a rather light 73.35kg was in complete command in a one-sided encounter before referee Andile Matika waved the fight off at 2:59 of the penultimate round.

The stoppage was rather premature as Sierra (75.95kg) was not badly hurt and would have possibly seen out the distance despite being the proverbial mile behind on points. Oosthuizen had scored with a big left hook that sent the Mexican’s head back, but he had taken a series of rights and lefts from the southpaw South African throughout the fight and never looked in real trouble at any time.

The taller Oosthuizen 17-0-1; 12 was in superb condition as he outboxed Sierra from the first round scoring with blistering combinations and I battled to find a round in favour of Sierra.

However, Sierra 24-5-1; 22 who is ranked at number twenty four by the IBO was able to get through the defence of Oosthuizen on occasions as he finished with a rather puffy left eye at the end.

Even though this was a convincing win for Oosthuizen, 23, there are still flaws in his makeup and he will have to improve against better opposition.

The judges were Deon Dwarte (SA), Torban Hansen (Denmark) and Michael Ross (USA).

Taliwe retains WBC title

In a rather untidy fight with a lot of pushing and holding Sipho Taliwe 18-2-1; 14 retained his WBC International junior lightweight title when he beat Jasper Seroka (21-4; 9) on points over 12 rounds in the main supporting bout.

Judges Joseph Chaane and Sylvia Mokaila both scored in 117-111, whilst judge Siya Vabaza had it 118-111

Seroka weighed 58.48kg and the champion 58.66kg.

In a complete mismatch fought at a limit of 90kg Zack Mwekassa (89.65kg) from the Democratic Republic of Congo stopped fellow countryman Kizito Ruhamya (88.65kg) at 2:59 of the first round.

Mwekassa improves his record 12-2-1; 11 and Ruhamya drops to 5-1; 3.

In a junior lightweight bout Joey Stigling (59.85kg) knocked out Voyolwethu Sirhayi (59.65kg) after 1 minute 52 seconds of the third round.

Stigling 14-1 (8) was in control from the opening round against a rather inept Sirhayi 8-4; 4 who seemed to capitulate after taking a flurry of blows against the ropes and went down on his knees to be counted out by referee Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen.

In a gruelling and hard fought encounter Jason Bedeman 15-1-3; 12 and former SA and WBF junior welterweight champion Samuel Malinga 22-8-3; 14 fought to an eight round draw in a junior welterweight bout.

The scores were 77-75 for Malinga, 78-74 for Bedeman and 76-76.

Malinga weighed 63.20kg and Bedeman 62.85kg.-Fightnews.com

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