Cracker fights ends full year of boxing

POUND FOR POUND: Rowan Campbell met a stiffer opposition than he thought winning against Jackson Masamba on points. Photo: Annette van Schalkwyk

SOME cracking fights were seen at the festive Christmas Cracker Boxing Tournament which marked the end of an exciting year of boxing.

The tournament was presented by AfricanRing in conjunction with Golden Gloves promotions and Emperors Palace.

The surprise package of the evening’s proceeding went to Rofhiwa Nemushungwa when he ultimately dished out a boxing lesson to Joshua Studdard and wrapped up the fight with a split decision by the judges 97/93, 93/97/ 96/93.

DEBUT BOUT: Both boxers Michael Markram and McLeod Nkhoma made their debuts at the end of the year tournament. Markram won by TKO.
Photo: Annette van Schalkwyk

Studdard started out on the front foot and was well ahead on points in the first three rounds. He was slowly put to a halt by the steady flow of body and head jabs from Nemushungwa. This was the end of Studdard’s energy flow and his opponent from the Alan Toweel stable quickly wrapped up the eight rounder in the bantamweight division.

BLOODY AFFAIR: Joshua Studdard catching Rofhiwa Nemushungwa with an overhand punch, but with no avail as he lost by a points decision.
Photo: Annette van Schalkwyk

In the other highlight of the evening, Rowen Campbell just managed to oust Jackson Masamba in the catchweight bout over six rounds. Campbell should have dispersed his opponent much sooner but struggled to combat with the experience of Masamba’s corner in the likes of BRD Boxing Academy, Manny Fernandes and company.

NO BACKUP: Joshua Studdard had no answer for the onslaught from Rofhiwa Nemushungwa going down on points in their bantamweight bout.
Photo: Annette van Schalkwyk

Masamba had his fight worked out by the trainers and gave it all to topple Campbell. Fortunately for the boxer from the Smith Gymnasium in Fourways, Campbell relied on his bit of experience and managed in the latter rounds to pull away on points. He won by unanimous point’s decision 59/55, 59/55r, 60/54.

TOO POWERFUL: Chris Thomson overpowering James Katende in their cruiser weight bout stopping him in the second round by TKO.
Photo: Annette van Schalkwyk

The opening bouts results were: Michael Markram won by TKO second round 2:38 against McLeod Nkhoma and Chris Thomson overshadowed James Katende in the cruiserweight division. Referee Simon Mokadi stopped the bout in the second round 2:24 to hand Thomson the TKO.

The last bout was won by Kozanga Mwanza Youssef against Khayeni Hlongwane in the catchweight division over eight rounds by point’s decision 78/74, 77/75, 77/75.

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Annette van Schalkwyk
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