Magic not enough to beat Van Heerden
Van Heerden knocks the Magic out of Hatton
South African IBO Welterweight Champion Chris ‘The Heat’ Van Heerden retained his title after beating Matthew ‘Magic’ Hatton at the Sandton Convention Centre this past Saturday.
Van Heerden’s victory came by way of a unanimous points decision – 118-110; 117-112 and 116-112.
The fight, described by many as the hardest of Van Heerden’s career, saw Hatton tirelessly clinching, holding and hitting behind the head. Van Heerden was on top throughout the fight and landed a host of strong uppercuts throughout the fight even with a bloodied face due to cuts above his right eye and nose. The Champion fought confidently and was seen smiling during the bout at an at-times overwhelmed Hatton. Hatton, however, made a short-lived comeback in the latter rounds but was soundly beaten by the 24 year old Van Heerden.
The fight left many fans eager to know what will be next for The Heat and promoter Showpony has assured the public there are big things in store for Meyerton native Van Heerden.
On the undercard Englishman Matty Clarkson squared up to SA Light Heavyweight Champion Tsepang Mohale. After putting Mohale down in the first round Clarkson controlled the rest of the fight with good body shots. Ultimately Mohale was overpowered in the seventh by a brutal attack from Clarkson and referee Wally Snowball stopped the fight granting Clarkson the win by TKO.
Kaizer Mabuza beat a tired looking Isaac Hlatswayo on points in a welterweight bout – 78-74; 78-74; 79-73. Both fighters had clearly seen better days and many boxing fans agreed that Hlatswayo should not be fighting anymore.
Other results: Mthobisi Buthelezi beat Loband Batale – KO 2nd round & Osborne Machimana drew to Elvis Moyo – 57-57; 57-57; 58-56.