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Mararil Retains Title In Ugly Fight

Zolani Marali retained his World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Light Welterweight title on Friday night (July 18) at the International Convention Center in East London, South Africa, but only just with a hotly disputed split decision over rugged former world champion Kaiser Mabuza. Continue reading

Marali Defends WBF World Title Against Mabuza

In what will be a massive local attraction, and a top-class match-up, World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Light Welterweight Champion Zolani Marali will defend his title against former world titlist, and fellow countryman, Kaizer Mabuza on Friday July 18 in East London, South Africa.

This will be the second defense for Marali, who won the WBF crown in his second attempt by dethroning then champion Ali Funeka in December 2012. He has since defended against Mzolisi Yoyo last September, and is chomping at the bit to return to action. Continue reading

Zolani Marali Gets Revenge, Wins WBF World Title

In a rematch the 2011 WBF Fight Of The Year, Zolani Marali got his revenge when he dethroned fellow countryman Ali Funeka to win the World Boxing Federation World Light Welterweight title on Saturday, December 8, at the Orient Theatre in East London, South Africa.

Funeka had won a controversial split decision over Marali in November 2011, and both had wowed to set the record straight in the long-awaited second go-around. It didn’t turn out to be quite as pulsating as the first encounter, but the two warriors did, again, bring the best out of each other, and gave the enthusiastic crowd another good fight.

But this time there was no controversy, as Marali was the best man on the night and put on a magnificent performance to win a unanimous decision. Marali looked sharp and determined from the start, and boxed well from his southpaw stance, but the defending champion also had his moments and was not giving up his title without a fight.

In the end, judges Siphiwe Mbini, Lulama Mtya and Andile Matika, all from South Africa, scored the contest 116-113, 116-113 and 116-114 in favor of new champion Marali, who surely must have found great satisfaction in evening the score with Funeka after more than a year of waiting for the opportunity. Continue reading