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St. Clair wins IBF/IBO Belts
(By Ron Jackson)

Gary St. Clair of Guyana won the IBO and IBF junior lightweight  belts when he scored a unanimous 12 round points decision over South  Africa's Cassius Baloyi at Emperors Palace casino on a Golden Gloves  Promotion in Kempton Park on Saturday night.

St. Clair (58.74 kg) who fights out of Australia was a convincing winner over Baloyi (58.64 kg) who was making the sixth defense of his IBO belt and the first defense of his IF belt, that he won in a contest  for the vacant belt against Manuel Medina in May this year.

Judge Howard Foster ( USA ) and Charlie Lucas ( Australia ) scored it 116-112 and 115-113 whilst Lulama Mtya (SA) was slightly off the mark with a score of 115-114.

From the opening bell St. Clair 38-3-2 (17) stunned Baloyi 32-3 (17) as he crowded his taller opponent to land with lefts and rights to the body and the head.

St. Clair, who is still a citizen of Guyana, adopted Australia as his homeland in August 2001 and has now remained unbeaten in his last 22 fights.

He took some decent punches from the taller champion in the first two rounds and then stepped up a gear and forced Baloyi onto the back foot in the third round.

For the first four rounds the champion backed off to fight off the ropes and was able to land with some stinging counter-punches, but neither fighter scored with any real power punches.

After the first seven rounds there was very little in it, but through rounds eight to twelve the South African began to tire and was breathing heavily in the last round as St. Clair, 31, continued to push forward.

It was an all-action, crowd-pleasing fight, even though the 31-year-old Baloyi's performance was disappointing.

Blood was seeping from a cut over Baloyi's left eye from about round eight, which his corner was unable to control the bleeding.

The 31-year-old South African had won four world titles and is the first SA fighter to hold the titles of two organizations at the same time. However, he came up short against St. Clair.

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