St. Clair wins IBF/IBO
(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
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
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
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
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.