(JUNE 2) Sijuta Promotions in
association with the Province of the Eastern Cape Department of
Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture
"KO DRUGS CAMPAIGN" World Championship Boxing Tournament.
Layla McCarter in ring with Simone Duarte
In the main event, Simone Duarte
of Sao Paulo, Brazil, won by Majority Decision against Unathi
Myekeni to win the vacant WBA International title. Judges scores
were: 96-94, 97, 94, and 95-95.
In a ten round welterweight bout, Noni Tenge scored a 9th round
TKO over Sylvia Zacarias. This was Tenge's first fight since her
first defeat in September to Layla McCarter by 8th round KO.
Zacarias gave Tenge a close fight
and many ringside observers had her slightly ahead when she was
went down after a quick combination executed by Tenge.
In a bantamweight four round female fight, Siphosethu Nxazonke
with a record of 1-2 bested her opponent Melissa Miller (debut)
by unanimous scores of 40-36.
The co-main event was the South African Featherweight Title
Eliminator. Scheduled for 12 rounds, between Lusanda Komanisi
Nkosana Sobethu, it became apparent early on that Sobethu was in
over his head as he was knocked down numerous times throughout
the fight until the 8th round when the referee finally stepped
in to save him from more punishment. Komanisi was composed,
dominant, and had the confidence of a young lion. Now 16-2,
Komanisi looks to take on the S.A. champion for the title in the
Giovanni Bushby Jr. quickly disposed of Leon Mriba by TKO in the
first round of a scheduled 6 rounder.
Flyweight Mandisi Mnkile won a four round decision, 40-36
unanimously against Nwabisile Cholani.
Straw weight Siseko Nkohliso won his debut by TKO in 1 min, 20
sec of the second round.
The action was supervised by S.A. Boxing and WBA supervisor Stan
Christodoulou. Referee Tony Weeks of Las Vegas was the referee
for the main event between Myekeni and Duarte. Layla McCarter
and Luis Tapia also from Las Vegas, were television commentators
alongside former champion and South African boxing icon Dingaan
Thobela "The Rose of Soweto."