IN no more than one and half minutes, South African best female boxer Gabisile Tshabalala saw stars after one dizzying punch from Zambia’s legendary female boxer Catharine Phiri in a bout many thought was going to be the toughest and the longest.
Tshabalala walked into the ring with pomp and bubbling with intimidating confidence and when the bell rung, she looked like she was going to give Cathrine a good run for her money but was immediately dazed by one stinging punch that saw her hung by the ropes.
Looking purple, confused and her eyes almost lifeless, Tshabalala dropped her hands and when the referee helped her to steady herself and asked if she was going to continue, she surrendered immediately leaving Catherine disappointed.
Cathrine could not hide her anger and disappointement after having spent three months in her training camp only to be in the ring in less than two minutes.
Ï have been in camp for the last three months training for this fight and only to meet somebody who was not ready. I should have gone to school instead of being in camp. Just a few punches and she was on the ropes seeing stars…and that is what South Africa has as the best boxer, a disappointed Catharine said.
The fans were equally not amused by the turn of the boxing event and hailed unprintables on the South African promoters for bringing what they termed as a sub-standard boxer when they were expecting world class boxing.
The fans said they could not pay money to go and watch a bout that lasted less than a minute and wondered whether that was the best South Africa had to offer.
“We wasted money to come and watch this bout and there is no way we can be treated to this mediocrity. We wanted value for our money and not this nonsensity we were treated to. We are very disappointed especially that this is not the first time we are having this experience from a South African boxer. We are very disappointed,” Harrison Mumba, one of the fans said.
Other fans started trooping out soon after the declaration of Catherine as a winner while complaining that Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotion (OQBP) should never allow Zambian boxers to fight South African opponents because they were wastage of time.
Meanwhile, WBC international silver champion Charles Manyuchi beat Samuel Deogratias of Tanzania via a unanimous point decision in main supporting bout in what appeared to be a teacher/learner affair in which he dominated the fight from the first round.
Manyuchi would have knocked out Deogratias in the early stages of the fight but opted to allow his opponent much time on the ring as he danced around in his usual intimidating style while unleashing his upper cuts and jabs at will as Deogratias retreated most of the time much to the delight of the fans.
As the fight wore on, fans started calling for a technical knockout but the WBC champion opted to allow his opponent finish all the rounds by giving him enough time to recuperate each time he unleashed an avalanche of punches in quick succession, allowing the bout to be decided on split point decision.
Deogratias however seemed more content at the end of the eight rounds and never looked disappointed when the verdict was given probably because he knew he was no match for the world champion.