Mthalane defends his IBF title
An aggressive, relentless Moruti Mthalane retained his IBF flyweight title on a TKO decision after Andrea Sarritzu's handlers threw in the towel in the seventh round of an increasingly one-sided bout in Cagliari, Italy on Friday night.
“Moruti sized up his cagey opponent in the first three rounds,” said trainer Nick Durandt from Italy shortly before the Mthalane contingent returned to South Africa on Saturday.
“Then he took control in the fourth round as we had planned after watching videos of the European champion's earlier bouts.”
In the process, Mthalane became the first South African boxer in almost a decade to defend a version of one of the world titles on three successive occasions after beating Mexico's Julio Cesar Miranda for the IBF crown in 2009 and warding off challenges from Zolani Tete and Johnriel Casimero with fifth-round stoppages.
Mthalane's record now stands at 28 wins, with 19 decisions inside the distance and only two defeats.
Branco Sports Promotions' Branco Milenkovic, under whose banner Mthalane is contracted to fight, said on Saturday that “exciting plans were already in the pipeline for the boxer's future – both in South Africa and overseas.
“The IBF is one of the most prestigious organisations in international boxing,” added Milenkovic, “but we are looking at the possibility of a unification bout to confirm Ring Magazine's ranking of Mthalane as one of the best flyweights in the world.
“We'll discuss what course to follow with Durandt on Monday,” said Milenkovic, “with the different options taken into accound.
“But already there is no shortage of offers, and fighting overseas might be the best way for Mthalane to enhance his reputation and earn the kind of purses his records warrants.” – Sapa
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