Bongo Lipembo stopped former SA lightweight champion Amon Baloyi
Bongo beats Baloyi in poor fight
Bongo Lipembo stopped former SA lightweight champion Amon Baloyi in the seventh round on Sunday.
Baloyi had weighed in 1.32 kg over the welterweight limit for the tournament at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg.
The bout was scheduled for ten rounds but referee Wally Snowball stopped the farcical affair 2 minutes 48 seconds into the seventh round when Baloyi was not fighting back.
It was clear from the start than Baloyi, from Limpopo, was intent only on survival. He threw hardly any meaningful punches.
Lipembo, who hails from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, fought at a pedestrian pace from the first round and even resorted to clowning.
Baloyi's record dropped to 11-7-2, with 8 knockouts. Lipembo (66.64 kg) improved to 12-2-9 if his reported record is correct.
Lipembo is now unbeaten in his last six fights. In September this year he outpointed former SA and World Boxing Foundation junior welterweight champion Samuel Malinga over eight rounds.
Baloyi won the national title in May 2008 when he knocked out Irvin Buhlalu in the fourth round but later lost it to Patrick Malinga. He collapsed after the fight and spent some time in hospital.
He was out of the ring for 15 months before losing on points over six rounds to Jerry Nekhubve. In his only two fights last year he drew over ten rounds with Tsiko Muluvnezdi and lost on points over six rounds to Mzizi Qwabe.
However, he is still ranked sixth best welterweight by Boxing SA.
Bantamweight: Cleutus Mbhele (53.48 kg) beat Cebo Ngema (53.50 kg) on points over six rounds
The tournament was presented by Pat Molefe of Rainbow Promotions.
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