Gruelling fight between Tissen and Dyer

NO LOVE LOST: Alfonzo Tissen and Lee Dyer put on the best fight of the night at the Hurtin' for Certain boxing tournament. Photo: Annette van Schalkwyk

ACCOLADES must go to Alfonzo Tissen and Lee Dyer for keeping the sell-out crowd at Hurtin’ for Certain on their feet during what was the fight of the evening.

The Hurtin’ for Certain boxing tournament was held on June 10 at Emperors Palace and was hosted by Golden Gloves Promotions.

ACCURATE PUNCHING POWER: Small powerhouse Simphiwe Konkco held on to his world title, outclassing Lito Dante from the Philippines. Photo: Annette van Schalkwyk

Though these two boxers could only record a draw in their African Boxing Union (ABU) middleweight bout from the judges, the fists were flying and in the end it was anyone’s match. According to the ABU rules, after every four rounds, the scores must be made public. The judges scored 114/114, 119/117 and 116/112, which gave Tissen the first four rounds and Dyer the next set of four rounds. In the end they shared the spoils, and that is how it will be recorded, but it was a bout where neither of the two camps gave anything away. The two boxers matched each other pound for pound and gave an excellent display which has opened up the conversation of a possible rematch.

Dyer remains the South African super-middleweight champion.

PULLING ONE BACK: Alfonzo Tissen and Lee Dyer recorded a draw in their ABU middleweight title fight. Photo: Annette van Schalkwyk

In the big draw card of the evening, Thabiso Mchunu vs Johnny Muller, for the South African and ABU cruiser-weight titles, it was no surprise when the judges scored in favour of Mchunu. He won by points decision 120/108, 120/108, 120/108.

Muller’s dreams of fighting Kevin Lerena have now been shattered – he thought to use this bout as a stepping stone to get closer to a Lerena rematch. Lerena, however, previously stated that he must move on to bigger fights to enhance his career and after Muller lost to Mchunu, it is a frail thought of Muller to want to fight Lerena.

Mchunu totally outscored Muller in an “I told you so” fight. Mchunu was far too strong for his opponent, striking him down time after time, followed by big blows to Muller’s head and upper body.

In the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) world straw-weight title fight between Simphiwe Konkco and Lito Dante, from the Philippines, the boxer from the Hot Box gymnasium had no difficulty in retaining his title.

The bout went the distance over 12 rounds, with the judges’ points decision of 118/110, 119/109, 119/109 in favour of Konkco.

STRAIGHT PUNCH: Thulane Mbenge getting the better of Jay Inson from the Philippines. Photo: Annette van Schalkwyk

Konkco’s right hand and accuracy wore down the Filipino, and his camp was delighted that he retained his title.

South African welter-weight champion Thulani Mbenge, took on Jay Inson of the Philippines in an international welter-weight bout over eight rounds. The bout went the distance, with the judges scoring in favour of Mbenge, who for the first time in his professional career, had to go through all the rounds – 79/72, 80/71, 80/71.

In a super middle bout over four rounds Ricky Tshabalala managed a split-points win of 38/39, 39/36, 38/37 against Benjamin Nhabe.

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