Joyi-Takayama a No-Contest, Mendez Decisions Baloyi

By Chris LaBate

At Carnival City in Brakpan, South Africa, IBF mini-flyweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi (21-0-1, 15KOs) retained the title with a three round no-contest in his main event battle with challenger Katsunari Takayama (24-4-1, 10KOs) of Japan. After a clash of heads in the third, Takayama suffered a very bad cut along the hairline and the ref stopped it at 1:59. Because four rounds had not been completed, the fight was ruled a no-contest.

Leading up to the clash of heads, Joyi was in full control and appeared to be on his way to a knockout win. Takayama was quicker but faced a serious disadvantage in size and power in the fight.

In the co-feature, Argenis Mendez (18-1, 9KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over veteran and former champion Cassius Baloyi (37-6, 19KOs) in an IBF junior lightweight eliminator. Mendez dropped Baloyi in the first round and outclassed him with combinations and rapid fire body shots for the rest of the contest. The scores were 117-110, 117-111 and 117-110.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by rnbaloyi on 01-30-2011

Cassius Baloyi :boxing: won that fight by 114-113, yes Mendez droped him in first round but he didnt deserve UD....To me it was more like watching Pacman-Marquez 2. Wish Mendez all da Best. I'll try to get a copy of…

Comment by Doctor_Tenma on 01-29-2011

Hopefully someone uploads it on to Youtube or has it for download, really want to see it.

Comment by giacomino on 01-29-2011

Nice win for Mendez. Baloyi lost a really one-sided decision to Fana last time out and didn't belong in another title qualifier, but this fight was good experience for Mendez and it sounds like he dominated. [url][/url] ... oyi_beaten

Comment by truestory1987 on 01-29-2011

It's so hard to find a stream for fights in South Africa ....I'm happy Mendez won so I'm sure he'll be back in South Africa to fight Fana later this year

Comment by Heru on 01-29-2011

Mendez must've really put an ass whooping on Baloyi if he only lost 3 rounds in South Africa.

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