Mzonke Fana has retained his WBA Pan-African junior lightweight title by beating Temba Tshicila.
The former two-time IBF champion Mzonke stopped Tshicila in the second round of their fight at Qumbu in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.
Fana, who is 40 years old, looked in excellent shape as he went after the 38-year-old Tshicila from the opening bell.
He kept up the pressure in the second round until Tshicila’s helpers threw in the towel. However, referee Wally Snowball did not initially see the towel and the fight went on for a little longer.
With Tshicila backed up against the ropes and taking severe punishment, Snowball eventually stepped in and stopped the fight.
Fana, who has been a professional for about 20 years, improved his record to 33-7, including 14 wins inside the distance. Tshicila’s dropped to 26-12-3, with 7 shortcut wins.
A doctor attended to Tshicila before the fighter was allowed to leave the ring.
On the same bill, Simphiwe Khonco retained his SA and WBA Pan-African minimumweight titles by beating Sibusiso Twani on a split decision over 12 rounds.
Two judges scored the bout 116-113 and 116-112 for Khonco. The third had it 115-114 for Twani.
Earlier, Siviwe Hasheni retained his SA featherweight title when he beat Luthando Mbumbulwana on points over 12 rounds – 117-111 on two cards and 116-112.
In a bantamweight bout, Mfusi Maxhayi knocked out Bulelani Nama in the second round.
Lightweight Viwe Mdletyeni and Junior Asoya drew over six rounds and Siseko Makeleni stopped Sisonke Ntantiso in the first round of a bantamweight bout. Tags: Mzonke Fana