Fick is SA’s new heavyweight champ

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Tian Fick from Cape Town won the vacant South African heavyweight title on a wide unanimous 12-round points decision over Josh Pretorius from Richards Bay in KwaZulu- Natal, on December 11 at the Vibrant Sports Studio in Cape Town.

The scores were 119-109 and 118-110 twice.

This was a return match, with Fick winning on an eight-round points decision in June 2019.

The taller Fick boxed from the outside from the opening round, using his left jab to pile up the points.

Pretorius tried work on the inside and close the new champion down but was not able to get past the accurate jabbing Fick.

Pretorius possibly shaded the tenth round, but this was too late as Fick emerged as a winner on wide margins.

Fick improved his record to 9-0; 5 and Pretorius’ record dropped to 7-5; 5.

In the main supporting bout, between South African-based Angolan welterweights Antonio Mayala and Henriques Lando, Mayala won on a unanimous ten-round points decision.

The scores were 99-90, 98-91, and 97-92.

On the undercard, Dillon Solomons beat Setshaba Mapukhata on points in a super middleweight bout; while junior middleweights Athenkosi Plaatjies and Sithembile Ngqele clashed with the former also winning on points.

There were other points decision victories for Juan Roux over Peto Kapela (heavyweight division) and for Thulani Mhlombe over Lukhanyo Lamla in a welterweight bout.

Meanwhile, the clash between Anthony Moloisane and Koos Sibiya for the vacant African Boxing Union SADC junior lightweight title, scheduled to take place at the Mookeng Hall in Kroonstad, Free State, on December 12 was cancelled due to Sibiya testing positive for COVID-19. - SuperSport

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