Former world champion Francois Botha floored South African heavyweight prospect Flo Simba in the sixth round in a non-title clash at Emperors Palace early on Sunday morning.
The win over a much younger and fitter Simba will give the wily veteran a new lease on life.
In the end the experience of the 42-year-old Botha counted in his favour as the youngster now has to go back to the drawing board.
The first three rounds of the match were evenly contested but as it drew to the end Botha seemed to run out of steam.
Botha, however, kept on looking for the one heavy bomb that would send his opponent to the floor.
By the fifth round neither fighter showed any composure as they exchanged heavy blows at will.
It was only in the sixth round that Botha got a breakthrough and his shots connected where it mattered.
His storming blows sent Simba into the ropes and forced referee Thabo Spampool to stop the fight.
In victory, Botha 57-6-3 scored his 29th knockout while Simba suffered the first loss of his professional career. – Sapa