Boxing regulars and fans barely had time to refill their drinks on Saturday night as former multiple world champion Hekki Budler put an end to his fight against
Witchet Sengprakkhon of Thailand in the main event of the Boxing5 Night of Champions card at the Unisa Convention Center in Johannesburg.
Admittedly, the popular South African would have preferred a slightly longer workout at this point, but it only took him 43 seconds in the first round to destroy his Thai opponent with a devastating left hook, first to the ribs and then to the chin. .
Sengprakkhon was covered in the sea when he got to his feet, but referee Mfundo Mwandaba saw enough and waved the fight off.
No Doubt Management consortium No Doubt Management consortium Budler would have preferred a much tougher test ahead of his August fight against WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine champion Kenshiro Teraj in Japan.
Colin Nathan, Badler’s longtime coach, was quite pragmatic in his assessments. “He camped, got in the ring, won and didn’t get hit. I am very pleased with what happened.
“Obviously I wanted him to go a few more rounds and didn’t expect a one-punch knockout, but that just shows his class and level. He is truly a world class player and I really believe he is on his way to becoming World Champion in August.”
Junior bantamweight Siho Nkotole (now 17-2-11 KOs) kept the crown and his big entourage on their feet with a clinical, sharp knockout of Thai contender Boonruang Pyom at 2:59 of the first round.
He threw his man with a sharp straight right to the body, executed a cue to take him down a second time, and landed a left hook to the chin before referee Thabo Spampul brushed off.
In the women’s bout, ABU Flyweight Champion Simangel “Smash” Hadebe rarely bothered and scored an eight-round professional unanimous victory over Thailand’s Phannaluk Kongsan with ringside judges scoring her 80-72, 78-74 and 79-75 in her service.
Another of Nathan’s men, Hedda “Shredder” Volmarans (8-0-5 braids), looked slightly rusty at first after a long hiatus from her first welterweight fight, but very quickly found her way to stop Zimbabwean veteran Monalisa Simon with a sharp punch. left hook to a short rib in the third round.
Junior lightweight Cayden Truter should be on his way to the Boxing SA ‘Perspective of the Year’ award after beating KZN contender Sandil Dlamini 2:25 in the second round.