Sports Reporter –
The Mandela Festival boxing tourney staged at the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre lived up to its pre-match billing with a series of exciting bouts that kept the crowd on the edge of their seats.
The highlight of the night was the main bout, an International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight match where Free State’s own France Ramabolu knocked out Christiano Ndombassy of Angola in the 3rd round of the scheduled 12 to clinch the vacant African title. The referee had no option but to stop the match after Ramabolu dished out a flurry of unanswered punches to his opponent who had already landed on the canvas twice.
According to Ramabolu, the victory was a fitting tribute to Madiba.
“I am grateful that I have won the title in the name of Tata Madiba. This means a lot to me. I knew it was going to be tough from the first round.When I floored him for the first time, I saw the fight nearing the end,” said the newly crowned IBF African welterweight champion.
In another bout, Fikile Mlonyeni defeated Zolile Miya through a unanimous points decision in a flyweight non-title bout while Former South African flyweight champion, Doctor Ntsele, beat Saul Hlungwani in the junior featherweight division over six rounds.
In the 8-round featherweight clash, Thembani Mabangatha won by a split decision over Prince Ndlovu while in the only female bout of the night, Melissa Muller defeated Sindisiwe Ncube on a unanimous points decision.