While the III. World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Convention in Slovenia kept people busy enough, there was still WBF championship action going on over the weekend, not only in Slovenia at the huge WBF Championship Boxing Night on Saturday (September 24), but also in South Africa and Poland.
On Friday, September 23, in Umtata, South Africa, former amateur stand-out Ayanda Dulani won the vacant WBF All Africa Strawweight title in only his fourth paid outing, when he stopped fellow countryman Ndikho Magadaza in the twelfth and final round.
Dropped several times during the fight, and trailing hopelessly on the cards, Magadaza showed great heart and kept fighting his chance, but eventually succumbed to a vicious body-shot. Referee Lulama Mtya waved it off at 1:39 of the final stanza.
Dulani is now 3-0-1 (1) since turning pro in August of 2015, and looks like a future star of the Strawweight division. “Mini Cooper” Magadaza, a professional since 2010 and a former WBF International title-challenger, sees his record dip to 6-8 (2).
At the convention in Maribor, on Saturday night, Georgia´s former WBF world title-challenger Mikheil Avakyan dethroned WBF International Light Welterweight titlist Jean Moraiti from France, scoring a close but unanimous decision after ten rounds.
Judges Per Hansen, Arno Pokrandt and Darryl Ribbink scored the fight 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94 respectively for Avakyan, who improved his record to 37-26-4 (20). Moraiti, making his first title-defense, drops to 12-10-4 (0). Referee was Eddie Marshall.
Also, Attila Koros sprung a bit of an upset when he beat Hungarian compatriot Ferenc Hafner by unanimous decision to lift the vacant WBF Intercontinental Middleweight title. Koros, who improved to 12-5-1 (9), was knocked down once, but managed to floor Hafner, 26-11 (15), twice.
Daniel Lopez Rivera scored the bout relatively close at 114-111, but Eddie Marshal and Brahim Ait Aadi had it wider with 117-110 and 115-109 tallies. Referee in charge of the action was Alexander Plumanns.
Undefeated Libyan prospect Malik Zinad captured the vacant WBF International Light Heavyweight title, when he stopped Hungarian Attila Palko in round six. Malta-based Zinad scored several knock-downs and took his professional ledger to 6-0 (5), while Palko falls to 23-26 (15). Time of stoppage was 2:55.
Finally, South African Super Featherweight David Rajuili, 8-5-1 (2), is the new WBF International champion at his weight, after he won a lopsided unanimous decision over experienced and game, but out-skilled, Georgian Giorgi Gachechiladze, 21-24-1 (14).
After ten rounds of action, judges Gerhard Sigl and Philippe Wouters both had Rajuili winning by 98-92, and judge Robin Reid, the former WBF, WBC & IBO World Super Middleweight Champion, scored it 99-92. Referee was Christophe Hembert.
Also on Saturday night, at the Hala Szkoly Podstawowej in Bialystok, Poland, local man Robert “Shy” Swierzbinski laid claim to the vacant WBF International Middleweight title when he beat Timo Laine from Finland by wide and convincing unanimous decision.
Scores were 99-91 from Zbigniew Lagosz and Wlodzimierz Kromka, while Pawel Kardyni had it slightly closer at 98-92. Lagosz also refereed.
Swierzbinski is now 17-6-1 (3), and Laine goes to 15-8 (4). Promoter of the show, televised by TVP Sport, was Darek Snarsky and his Boxing Production.