Three titles in one day for SA boxers
Lwandile Sityatha beat Edrin Dapudong on a split decision to win the IBO super-flyweight title in East London on Friday night. The South African, from nearby Mdantsane, provided the highlight of the Nelson Mandela Day tournament at the International Convention Centre by winning 116-112 on two cards. The third judge had it 115-113 for the Filipino. His victory capped a memorable day for SA boxing after Zolani Tete had won the IBF super-flyweight title by beating Teiru Kinoshita in Japan. Lusanda Komanisi won the vacant IBO featherweight title when he beat Macbute Sinyabi in East London.
Dapudong, a stylist who scores with almost every punch in the books, did not have enough power to knock the South African down in a fight that turned out to be a test for the judges. Sityatha, from nearby Mdantsane, took the opportunity to show off his own skills and hand speed although his defence let him down and allowed the Filipino to keep scoring throughout. The challenger lost his mouth guard twice in the sixth round and seemed to be taking strain under the championís pressure. Using his reach advantage well, Sityatha cashed in in the eighth round as the champion seemed to lose his structure somewhat but the local hero also failed to produce that one big shot his supporters were hoping for. He was confident enough to do some showboating in the final round and improved his record to 18-2-1, including 7 wins inside the distance. Dapudongís professional record now stands at 29-6, including 17 wins inside the distance.
KOMANISI NEW IBO CHAMPION
Lusanda Komanisi won the vacant IBO featherweight title with a spectacular fifth-round knockout that left Macbute Sinyabi on the floor for several minutes. The two were setting up an excellent bout when Komanisi unleashed a series of combinations that sent Sinyabi into the ropes and from there on to the floor. Referee Andile Matika would have been well within his rights if he stopped the fight there and then but he allowed Sinyabi to fight on and take several more damaging blows. After Komanaisiís follow-up onslaught, Matika did not even take up the count as he called it over 2 minutes 53 seconds into the round. Komanisi has now won 16 of his 20 bouts by knockout. He has lost three times. Sinyabiís record dropped to 22-3, including 18 wins inside the distance. They fought for the belt that another local fighter, Simphiwe Vetyeka, once held.
The tournament was presented by Ayanda Matiti of Xaba Promotions.