It was an evening of mixed fortunes for the local favourites on Sunday, September 11, at the Hall Omnisport in Rebecq, Belgium. Two World Boxing Federation (WBF) titles were on the line, but only one of them stayed in Belgium when the night was over.
Fighting for the vacant WBF Intercontinental Welterweight title, Cedric Tita got off to a good start in his encounter with Ukrainian-born Polish banger Mykola Vovk, and in the first three rounds he continuously befuddled the visitor with nice movement and fast punching.
But in the fourth round, after suffering a cut eye, Tita made the mistake of standing in front of Vovk to trade punches, which suited his opponent better than it did him. Vovk started to take over, and was soon in control of the fight and putting on the pressure.
With hard punches to body and head, Vovk scored three knock-downs in round four, and while Tita, 8-9-1 (5), gamely beat the counts of referee Brahim Ait Aadi every time, it was clear that the end was near. After three more knock-downs in rounds five and six, Aadi stopped the fight and declared Vovk, now 11-1 (8), the new champion.
In the co-headliner of the show promoted by Nicolas Vinet, Matingu Kindele captured the vacant WBF International Super Middleweight title with a unanimous decision over Congolese Evariste Kabongo, after ten competitive and well-fought rounds.
Kindele came out aggressive from the start, but after weathering the storm Kabongo found his rhythm from the second round and started to move well and use his jab effectively. Kindele was always looking to land his hard power-shots, but Kabongo proved tricky and difficult to hit with combinations.
It was a fight with two very different styles, and the come-forward style of Kindele, who improved to 8-5 (3), was the most effective in the end. Judges Philippe Wouters, Toni Tiberi and Bhahim Ait Aadi all scored the fight in his favour by 97-93. Kabongo´s record dips to 9-9-3 (1).