Kevin Lerena rolls over Patrick Ferguson in 5, eyes bridgerweight rivalry
Kevin Lerena, ranked no. four via The Ring at cruiserweight, was in cruise handle until he put his foot on the fuel to stop the outgunned Patrick Ferguson at 1:49 of the fifth circular at Emperor’s Palace in Gauteng, South Africa.
Lerena all started the combat with the aid of stalking Ferguson in the back of a southpaw jab that he multiple to head and body. He landed a tough appropriate hook to the body and perceived to stun Ferguson with a right hook upstairs before the bell.
within the second, a further brief right hook obtained the attention of Ferguson, who fought again gamely in flurries which Lerena conveniently brushed off, catching most on the fingers and gloves. Two appropriate hook-straight left mixtures had the fighter from Spokane, Wash., looking decidedly uncomfortable because the circular ended.
Lerena slammed in hooks to the body, landed the odd appropriate hook to the head and jumbled in an uppercut as neatly over the subsequent two rounds. anytime Ferguson looked to be on the factor of being overwhelmed, he replied with a mix of his personal but the difference in energy turned into evident.
A flush correct uppercut from Lerena in the fifth kickstarted an explosive combination of hooks. A straight left and an extra correct hook drove Ferguson to the ropes, the place Lerena proceeded to pound him relentlessly. With Ferguson, particularly, still on his feet but leaning over the ropes, referee Tony Nyangiwe had no choice but to wave the fight over.
Lerena, who has undergone a frustrating limbo length with large fights now not materializing, a situation worsened by the fresh pandemic, now has a brand new possibility on the horizon. he is ranked third in the WBC’s new 224-pound bridgerweight division. The Ferguson combat changed into held at a catchweight of 211 kilos (96kg, South Africa is on the metric system, hence the ordinary number) and fighting for the eco-friendly belt on the larger weight is an exciting option, should still he be unable to relaxed a crack at any of the foremost cruiserweight beltholders.
Lerena improves his listing to 26-1 with 13 knockouts while Ferguson drops to 17-three-1.
It become short and sweet, but junior middleweight Roarke “Razor” Knapp stole the exhibit with a stunning first circular knockout of South African champion, Simon Dladla, at 1:58 of the first circular.
For such a short fight, there changed into big two-manner action. Dladla, who had gained five of his six fights via knockout, came out of his nook with unhealthy intentions, landing a sequence of hard straight rights. Knapp responded by using returning fire, touchdown a hard left hook of his personal. Moments later Dadla seemed to stun Knapp with yet another right. That served as a wake-up name and Knapp got here roaring returned, landing a brief left hook, flush on the chin of Dladla throughout an exchange. Dladla went down on his again, his eyes rolling of their sockets. He one way or the other clambered to his toes, but it turned into too late, referee Simon Mokadi counting him out as he changed into rising on rubber legs.
Knapp, who is fitting ever extra customary among South African battle fans, moves his listing to 11-1-1 with 9 knockouts whereas Dladla drops to six-1.
The different story of the night became the resurrection of veteran warhorse, Johnny Muller, who upset the applecart by handing enormously touted prospect Akani Phuzi his first defeat, profitable a unanimous 10 circular choice with the aid of two rankings of ninety eight-ninety one and a third card of ninety seven-ninety two. The combat turned into the 2d semi-remaining of a 4-man cruiserweight match.
The favourite to win the event, things begun going south for Phuzi as early because the first circular. Muller came out in the back of his jab and caught Phuzi slumbering, spectacular him with a left hook, shortly thereafter depositing him on the canvass with a big appropriate. Phuzi bought up however a Muller overhand right drove him to the ropes and he become in situation because the bell sounded.
Phuzi tred to come back back within the subsequent round, forcing Muller to the ropes, however the veteran stayed calm and went again to his jab. Phuzi landed an effective appropriate and a left hook later within the circular however Muller kept at it and from the third onwards proceeded to give the more youthful man a boxing lesson, spectacular him with a mixture punctuated by a huge left hook in opposition t the conclusion of the circular.
Phuzi tried to get some distance however appeared gun shy, unable to preserve any offence bar the strange shot here and there. Muller used his jab, banged in the appropriate every now and then and labored away with hooks to the ribs of Phuzi when in close.
Phuzi had an improved round seven, touchdown a number of eye-catching hooks whereas stepping round Muller, but Muller comfortably answered by using working him over within the corners and on the ropes. Muller confirmed his savvy by using approaching strong at the conclusion of each round, a short correct at the end of the ninth stopping Phuzi in his tracks.
Phuzi crucial a knockout within the remaining round but Muller certainly not gave him the probability, outpunching him three to at least one.
Muller, who has now not looked this decent in years, is back in the win column, bringing his listing to 22-9-2 with 14 knockouts, whereas Phuzi drops to eleven-1 and will should regroup. Muller will now face Lebo Mashitoa in the last.
Welterweight prospect, Jabulani Makhense, saved his unbeaten list intact, enhancing to 11-0 with five stoppages by way of profitable a ten circular unanimous resolution over Kuvesa Katembo through scores of ninety six-ninety four and similar playing cards of 98-ninety two. youngsters, it turned into no longer the expected exhibit win and Makhense did not provoke in what became a mauling, scrappy affair with loads of wrestling and preserving, head clashes and even an attempted throw down or two via the fighter from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
To be fair, Katembo, who dropped to 13-4-1, is the sort of unorthodox tough-and-tumble spoiler who’s essentially unimaginable to seem decent against.
He saved leaping in with a wild lead right and then proceeded to grasp Makhense, the opponents pushing each and every other round, landing cuffing punches. It turned into as much as Makhense to locate gaps in between these lunges and mauls and he did that sometimes, touchdown the odd left hook or jolting jab as he tried to time Katembo’s rushes.
Makhense landed a very good left hook and follow up punches within the fifth before getting stuck in a further protracted clinch, referee Simon Xamlashe seemingly unable to separate the fighters and losing handle for large parts of the fight. Makhense timed his shots slightly more desirable because the battle wore on, sending the sweat spraying from Katembo’s head with a hard uppercut on the conclusion of the eighth, a flush correct on the chin in the next circular and a left hook-straight appropriate aggregate adopted through an extra left hook in the ultimate round.
Junior bantamweight, Ricardo Malajika, additionally saved his “0” intact, improving to 7-0 with 5 knockouts, winning a ten-circular choice over Rofhiwa Nemushungwa by way of two ratings of ninety seven-93 and a third card of ninety eight-92.
This too, developed right into a scrappy affair with lots of protecting and shoving. The pair exchanged furiously on the inside during the first circular, Malajika landing the tougher pictures, peculiarly to the body.
in the 2nd round, the switch hitting Malajika settled within the orthodox stance whereas Nemushungwa fought frequently as a southpaw. Malajika landed the more durable pictures within the kind of sweeping uppercuts to the pinnacle and physique while Nemushungwa answered with hooks, often to the ribcage of Malajika before they fell right into a clinch. Nemushungwa had a superb third, touchdown body shots and a left uppercut in between the clinches.
This sample saved repeating itself until Malajika obtained on his toes in the fifth circular, pot shotting with a lead correct and low sweeping left hook. Malajika began to time Nemushungwa’s rushes with a tough correct uppercut but there was no follow up and his success turned into adopted by more protecting. A consistent jab changed into conspicuous in its absence.
Nemushungwa, who dropped to 12-7-2, pushed difficult in the last round however was too late. The winner became certainly not in any doubt.
Malajika is certainly athletically gifted but he nevertheless has a long way to move earlier than he will also be considered a smartly-rounded professional. lucky for him, time is on his side and fights like these can also be a fine researching journey.
the cardboard turned into offered by means of Golden Gloves Promotions of Rodney Berman along side DiBella leisure.
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