Nongqayi and Buthelezi battered
Jorge Arce stopped South African Simphiwe Nongqayi in the fourth round to retain his WBO junior featherweight title on Saturday night.
Turning the tide against an opponent who had beaten him two years ago, the champion had Nongqaji on the floor in the opening round and finished the business 2 minutes and 1 second into the fourth.
And in Mexico City, another South African, Gideon Buthelezi, lasted 2 minutes and 20 minutes before WBC junior flyweight champion Adrian Hernandez won the bout on a technical knockout.
Hernandez improved to 22-1-1, with 14 stoppage wins and Buthelezi dropped to 12-2; 4.
Arce, 32, a former WBC light-flyweight, flyweight, super-flyweight and WBO super-flyweight champion, was making the first defence of the he won when he stopped previously unbeaten Wilfredo Vazquez Jr in the twelfth round.
The 39-year-old South African had to move up two divisions for the bout at the Foro Promocasa in Mexicali, Mexico. To make it worse, he het been inactive for nearly 14 months.
Arce was cut near his right eye in a clash of heads and wasted no time to bring the fight to an end before the cut could cause trouble.
The champion improved his record to 58-6-2, including 45 knockouts. Nongqayi dropped to 16-2-1; 6.
The odds were heavily stacked against the challenger, who outpointed the Mexican in September 2009 in a clash for the vacant IBF junior bantamweight belt.
Nongqayi's career soon went downhill after this outstanding victory. He battled to a 12-round draw in his first defence against Malik Bouziane of France.
In his most recent fight, on July 31 last year, he lost the belt when he was stopped in the sixth round by Mexican Juan Alberto Rosas.
Arce, in contrast, remained unbeaten in his next six fights after losing to Nongqayi. He beat Angky Angkota for the vacant WBO super-flyweight belt, Cecilo Santos (KO 7) and Martin Castillo (KO 1), drew against Lorenzo Parra and knocked out Adolfo Ramos in the first round.
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