Jasper Seroka, all class at Tuff E Nuff
Tuff get going at Tuff E Nuff, Jasper Seroka come out tops
Jasper Seroka lived up to his billing as pre-fight favourite by dishing out a beating to Joey Stiglingh on his way to annexing the ABU junior-lightweight title at Emperors Palace on Monday.
The pair had previously fought a thrilling eight-rounder, but this time Seroka won as he pleased, via eighth round TKO.
Stiglingh was strangely out of sorts, eating a succession of lead lefts, one of which managed to drop him in the first round for an eight-count. That immediately sent up the danger signs, although he seemingly had no way of defending himself against Seroka’s relentless attack.
There was nothing devastating about Seroka’s style, but he was busy and accurate while Stiglingh looked slow-footed and uncertain. He was already out of it after four rounds, with two of the judges having Seroka three points up and another five.
Stiglingh needed something special to turn things around, but there was little urgency in his fighting and when he was clipped again in the seventh, taking another count, the writing was on the wall. Seroka’s withering attack had caused his nose to bleed and he was back-pedalling when he was caught in the eighth and went down again. At this point, Colin Nathan smartly decided his man had endured enough and signalled to the referee to call a halt.
In the main undercard bout, Johnny Muller copped a few big blows before pulling out the big one himself to finish Kizito Ruhamye in the third round of their cruiserweight encounter.
Muller’s chin stood firm through a torrid first round, but when he unloaded in the second with a big right hand, the DRC fighter was in trouble, taking an eight-count.
Sustained pressure from Muller in the third paid dividends when gun-shy Ruhamnye sought the permanent safety of the canvas, taking the full count while resting on one knee.
Sporting a new hairstyle, house favourite Ashley Dlamini was all business as he scored a majority six-round decision over gutsy Mbulelo Transvaal. The pair put on an absorbing contest, with Dlamini’s accuracy a good match for Transvaal’s movement. Scores were 59-55, 59-55, 57-57.
Junior-welterweight prospect Paul Kamanga moved seamlessly to 5-0 when poor Thulani Mbata pulled up with an arm injury in the first round. It was an unfortunate way for the fight to end and both boxers were understandably disappointed.
Meanwhile, Adam De Moor got back on the winning way with a competent four-round win over game Tshisiwa Munday (38-37, 39-36, 39-36).
Stablemate Allan Bouwer came close to surrendering his unbeaten record, settling for a draw against Rofhiwa Maemu. Scores were 39-37, 37-39, 38-38.