Sunday, June 28, 2009
IBF boxing title fight Orient theartre
By MESULI ZIFO (Daily Dispatch)
MDANTSANE’s boxing darling Nkosinathi “Mabere” Joyi took a giant step towards his long-cherished dream of challenging for an IBF title when he pounded out a one-sided unanimous decision over tough Filipino Florante Condes at East London’s Orient Theatre on Friday night.
By beating Condes, Joyi has now earned a mandatory challenge against reigning IBF mini-flyweight champion Raul Garcia of Mexico as his bout against the Filipino was a final eliminator.
The bout was so one-sided, Condes hardly won a single round.
The only attribute the Filipino showed was his incredible durability as he took a merciless pounding round after round.
“I hit him with everything but the kitchen sink but he remained standing,” Joyi, whose knuckles were swollen after the fight, said.
“One thing I can give him credit for is his resilience and he has a wicked left hook.”
Joyi’s dominance in the fight was reflected by the judges’ scorecards which all had him winning every round. Judge Wally Snowball and Deon Dwarte submitted 120-107 scorecards while Isaac Tshabalala scored it 119-108.
Joyi stalked the Filipino round after round but despite nailing him with almost every punch he only wobbled him when the visitor was off balance.
Their southpaw fighting styles nearly spoiled the fight as they often butted heads with one such incident leaving Condes with a nasty cut above his right eye. The ringside doctor inspected the cut and allowed the fight to continue.
Joyi’s punches often strayed below the belt with the Filipino grimacing in pain in rounds three and eight, prompting American referee Bill Clancy to give him time to recover.
Despite these hiccups Condes remained dangerous especially with his left hook which appeared to be his money punch.
Aware that he needed a knockout to win going into the last round, the Filipino started aggressively, lunging in with his left.
However, as he lunged in he was caught by a right jab which dropped him for a count, diminishing any chance of his winning.
Although the punch caught Condes off balance, it made him reluctant to attack again, leaving Joyi to simply dance out of trouble until the round ended.
The win stretched Joyi’s unbeaten fight record to 20 bouts with 15 stoppages while Condes dropped to five defeats and a draw against 23 victories.
Other results: Sikhulule Sidzumo KO 3 Mzwanele Mkiwane (jnr welter); Preston Mozambique KO 1 Zolani Singazi (feather); Mandisi Mkile KO 6 Luyanda Madolo (jnr fly); Mzivukile Dinga KO 1 Liviwe Gadini (fly); Toto Twani W Lutho Nkonki (mini-fly); Luyanda Nkwankwa W Siyasanga Soxuza (mini-fly)
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