With a passionate crowd cheering on their local heroes, it turned out to be “The night of the underdogs” on Monday December 16 when Xaba Promotions staged a World Boxing Federation (WBF) Championship doubleheader in East London, South Africa.
Thabiso Moorosi took control from the start and dropped reigning South African Champion Mfundo Gwayana three times before getting a technical knockout victory in round four to lift the vacant WBF Intercontinental Light Flyweight title.
Gwayana, who had won the S.A. national title in his last bout, was entering the fight as a clear favorite on home turf, but Moorosi didn’t pay any attention to this and dominated his foe thoroughly on his way to his careers biggest triumph. Time of stoppage was 1:49.
Coming in from his hometown of Ficksburg to participate in his first major title fight, the new WBF champion improved his professional ledger to 8-3-2 (6). 29-year-old Southpaw Gwayana, a veteran of ten S.A. title fights since turning pro in 1999, falls to 17-7-3 (9).
In the evenings co-feature late substitute Bulelani Nama was awarded what many felt was an undeserved split decision over Onela Qongwana for the vacant WBF Intercontinental Bantamweight crown.
Nama accepted the fight with just a few days notice, and put on a very good performance under the circumstances, so he should be praised despite the controversy surrounding the result.
After twelve rounds of entertaining boxing, judges Alan Matakane and Ziya Vabaza scored the fight for Nama 115-114 and 116-111, while Eddie Marshal had Qongwana winning 116-112.
Most people at ringside felt that Qongwana deserved the victory, and it is the general consensus that especially judge Vabaza had a very bad night on the job.
Never the less, Nama improved his record to 12-11 (7), and Qongwana drops to 10-2 (5). Promoter Ayanda Matiti was shocked at the result of the fight, and plans to do a rematch early next year.